Kaduna Villager recounts how Nigerian Army drone wiped out 34 family members after dropping two bombs 30 minutes apart

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A Kaduna villager recounts how the Nigerian Army drone wiped out 34 family members after dropping two bombs 30 minutes apart.
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Nigerian Army’s Mistaken Airstrikes Devastate Tudun Biri Village, Leaving 126 Dead

In a tragic incident that unfolded on Sunday, the Nigerian Army mistakenly dropped two bombs on Tudun Biri village in Igabi LGA, Kaduna, resulting in the loss of at least 126 lives. The village was in the midst of celebrating Maulud when the airstrikes occurred.

Residents recount a harrowing sequence of events, describing how the army struck twice, with a 30-minute interval between bombings. Hajiya Aisha from Tudun Biri revealed that the second bomb caught many first responders in its vortex, compounding the tragedy.

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Idris Dahiru, another resident, expressed profound grief, stating that his family alone lost 34 members in the devastating incident. As villagers rushed to aid the injured after the initial strike, the second bomb compounded the casualties, particularly affecting those who had come to assist.

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The army, acknowledging its mistake, revealed that the bombing occurred during a routine operation against terrorists. President Bola Tinubu has promptly ordered a probe into the Tudun Biri bombing, responding to growing criticism over the military’s recurrent unintended civilian casualties.

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This incident echoes previous tragic events, including a 2021 airstrike on armed bandits that mistakenly killed wedding guests and a January 2023 bombing that claimed over 100 civilian lives. The recurring accidents raise concerns about the military’s precision in targeting and protecting innocent citizens.

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Amidst calls for accountability, the affected villagers are grappling with the aftermath, with 66 injured individuals currently receiving medical care at Barau Dikko Hospital. The human toll underscores the need for a thorough investigation and measures to prevent such tragic errors in the future.

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