Army admits killing many in Kaduna air strike

The Nigerian Army has taken responsibility for the air strike that killed and injured villagers and locals of Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State.

The incident occured Sunday night when the victims were reportedly celebrating Maulud to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

The Nigerian Air Force were alleged to be behind the attack, an accusation they refuted.

On Monday morning, heads of security agencies, traditional and religious leaders were summoned to a meeting chaired by Deputy Governor Hadiza Balarabe.

After the closed door gathering, Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs addressed the press, revealing that the Nigerian Army has admitted to carrying out the operation.

Aruwan said the military has taken responsibility of the air strike which was unintended and unfortunate.

The commissioner explained that the troops of the Nigerian Army were on a routine mission against terrorists in the area and accidentally the operation affected members of the community.

He also disclosed that search and rescue operations are still ongoing, while those who were injured have been rushed to the Barau Dikko teaching hospital for treatment.