At least six children aged 5 to 12 were reportedly killed by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) air attack in the Kuregba hamlet in Niger State’s Shiroro Local Government Area.
According to reports, the air component of the Joint Security Operatives accidentally struck the village while attempting to attack terrorist hideouts in a portion of the local government.
Residents claim that numerous residences were also damaged by the air raid on Wednesday.
Salis Mohammed Sabo, spokesperson for the Coalition of Shiroro Associations, claimed the event occurred in the morning as the youngsters were gathering water from a motorised borehole in the Kurebe neighbourhood.
Sabo stated that a man lost two of his children and two granddaughters in the air attack, and that the neighbourhood where the bombing occurred was not a bandit hideaway.
“The terrorists’ training camps are well known.” Terrorists in the neighbourhood are divided into two factions, each with their own camp. “One connects to the community through Unguwan Zomo, and the other through the Kwantan Yashi region,” he explained.
Attempts to contact the NAF’s spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, were futile since calls to his cell phone were not answered.
As of the time of reporting this article, he has not to respond to a text message sent to his cell phone or give a statement.