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Confusion As Jet Bombs Villagers In Yobe

At least eight persons were killed in an aerial bombardment on village in Yunusari government of Yobe State, on Wednesday.

Ali, a resident, told Daily Trust that the incident occurred on Wednesday morning.

He said residents were departing to their farms and heading for the Geidam weekly market when the mishap occurred.

Lawan said the aircraft with spot of ash and military camouflaged color approached flew in from the eastern a part of the town and fired from east to the west.

“People were really confused on who launched the attack because the Boko Haram attacks that we all know had never come through aircraft.”

“When shots were fired from the aircraft, people ran helter-skelter. Sadly, some were killed while others sustained injuries,” he added.

He said 20 people, including, men, women and youngsters were being treated at Geidam General Hospital.

“Those with serious injuries were referred Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, and Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for treatment.”

The Chairman of Yunusari government , Alhaji Bukar Gaji, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

“Yes, it happened. We received the sad news today and therefore the victims are currently within the hospital receiving treatment.

“We cannot say where the aircraft came from; whether from Niger Republic or Nigerian military, We don’t know; the particular picture can only tend by security forces,” he said.

Contacted, Yobe State Police PR Officer, Mr Dungus Abdulkarim, said aircraft has got to do with military operations and therefore the police had no official statement on the difficulty.

The acting Army spokesman of Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai, Damaturu, Lt Kennedy Anyewau, couldn't be reached for comment.

In a Twitter response to a story on the incident, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Air Force Spokesman, denied that the force was liable for the incident.

“This tweet is fake in its entirety. The NAF last conducted a mission into Yobe State (Not Yunusari LGA) on 5 September 2021, and it had been an armed recce. No bomb or missile was even expended. Thanks.”

Yunusari, an area government in Northern Yobe, shares a border with Niger Republic.

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