Katsina: Fighter jet mistakenly bombed people at Kunkuna in Safana LGA

A fighter jet that was targeting terrorists had accidentally bombed people at Kunkuna in Safana Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

A fighter jet that was targeting terrorists had accidentally bombed people at Kunkuna in Safana Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

Safana is the local government area where Aminu Umar, an assistant commissioner of Police, was killed by gunmen, locally known as bandits, on Tuesday, July 5, after replying to a distress call with his companions.


The presidential convoy was also attacked brutally in Katsina on Tuesday, July 5, but not in Safana LGA.

Katsina is among the states that feel the heat of banditry in the region of the North-West.

The details of the accident at Kunkuna village are not precise, but several lives were reportedly lost.

The jet was stated to have hit the wrong people in the operation that was launched against camps of bandits in the area.

Edward Gabkwet, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, has not made any comments about the incident.

It is further reported that there are many instances of an accidental bombing that involve the Air Force.


One of the similar incidents took place in Rann, which is a border town in the Kala/Balge Local Government Area of the Borno State, earlier in January 2017.

Another incident was when a Nigerian Air Force jet unintentionally bombed an Internally Displaced person camp.

They had assumed that it was a Boko Haram encampment. The bombing further left around 115 individuals dead, including six workers of Red Cross aid, and left over 100 injured.

After four years, a military jet involved in the counter-insurgency operation in the North East bombed a village in the Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State, which killed at least ten people. Yunusari is located in the Northern part of Yobe State, which shares an international border with the Niger Republic. A few more happenings were recorded after then.

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