By Tobias Lengnan Dapam with agency report
Nigeria Air Force (NAF), fighter jet reportedly bombed some soldiers in Mainok, Borno state.
Air Force Spokesman, Edward Gabkwet, said that the air force “accidentally” hit the wrong coordinates while targeting Boko Haram insurgents who had attacked the troops on Sunday.
He said that the incident is being investigated.
The insurgents had attacked a military base in Mainok and reportedly overpowered the troops who called for reinforcement.
The truck which was sent for reinforcement was targeted and shelled by the air strike following a flawed intelligence, sources said.
One of the soldiers in the affected area said “They (Boko Haram) came with heavy machines, about four MRAPS (mine-resistant ambush protected) vehicles and they overpowered the ground troops.
“Troops sent signals for air support and when they came, it missed the main coordinates; where the air force shelled their bomb was on the location of troops instead of that of Boko Haram.
“The aircraft had to turn back. They realised that they mistargeted (and) most of the soldiers started running inside the bush.”
Gabkwet told TheCable he also saw a video from the affected scene and that the air force is investigating the matter.
Airforce killed our ground soldiers thinking they were Boko Haram.