Nine Dead, Many Injured As Fighter Jet Allegedly Bombs Buhari Village In Yobe State

 Nine Dead, Many Injured As Fighter Jet Allegedly Bombs Buhari Village In Yobe State

Nine people in Buhari community, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State, have been reportedly killed by a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet, while several other villagers sustained injuries and are now receiving medical attention at a government health facility in Geidam.

According to a resident of Damaturu, Saleh Ibrahim, the jet shelled the village in the early hours of Wednesday when the villagers were preparing to go to the weekly market in Geidam, a neighbouring local government, 200 km from Damaturu.

“Instantly, three people died. The sound of gunshots scared the villagers and they ran for safety, but others sustained injuries as a result. Some of the injured were attempting to tend to the dead people when they also got hit by bullets from the jet”, the resident said.

Ibrahim added that Buhari village is in Yunusari local government, but Buhari village is closer to Geidam and the entire Yunusari local government doesn’t have facilities to attend to the injured victims.

He also made it known that Yunusari local government has a strong presence of Boko Haram terrorists and has Boko Haram camps from where the insurgents often launch attacks against neighbouring Geidam local government and make a retreat back to Yunusari.

Meanwhile, the acting spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai in Damaturu, Lt. Kennedy Anyanwu, said that they were “yet to receive any situation report about the incident” while the Nigerian Air Force has also denied reports linking one of its fighter jets to the bombing.

MosinmiladeOluwa Soremekun

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