An army drone accidentally hit a village in northwestern Nigeria, killing and wounding civilians celebrating a Muslim festival, the local state governor, the military, and a resident said Monday, Report informs, citing Barron’s.
Nigeria’s armed forces often use air strikes in their battle against so-called bandit militias in the northwest and the northeast, where jihadists are waging a 14-year-old conflict.
The army did not give an exact toll for the strike in Kaduna State, but one villager said 30 people were killed late Sunday.
“Muslim faithful observing the Maulud celebration were mistakenly killed and many others injured following a military drone attack targeting terrorists and bandits,” Kaduna State governor Uba Sani said.
Many of the victims were women and children, resident Hassan Ma’aruf told AFP by telephone, sharing images he said showed the bodies.
The AFP could not immediately confirm the authenticity of the images.