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Nigeria Accidentally Drone Strikes Its’ Civilians, Kills 88 People

Nigeria accidentally killed around 88 of its citizens when a military drone attacked an Islamic religious festival.

The Nigerian military expressed its condolences and regrets over the incident, noting that it had targeted “armed bandits” who “terrorized communities” in the area.

“[T]”Prior to the drone attack, the military was conducting an aerial patrol when it observed a group of people and incorrectly analyzed and misinterpreted their activity pattern as similar to that of bandits,” the military tweeted.

witness to the incident Said BBC Hausa Broadcast “Aircraft dropped bombs on the venue. Destroying and killing our people, including women and children.” Witnesses then tried to recover the bodies of the victims of the first explosion. ABC News said second bomb was dropped on people translated. Witnesses told the BBC that around 34 family members were killed in the bombing.

“[T]Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Facebook that it found about 88 people dead and more than 68 people with varying degrees of injuries after the two airstrikes. (Related: Ukrainian drone suspected of attacking Moscow’s financial district)

NEMA further said that a government delegation sent to the scene prayed at the graves of those who died in the unfortunate fire.

“It is noteworthy that the range of victims included children, women and the elderly,” NEMA said in a separate post.

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu said: reference They reported the accident in a press release and ordered an investigation into the accident.

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