The Nigerian Air Force says it is still investigating reports that its airstrikes accidentally killed men of the Nigerian Army in Borno state.
SaharaReporters had reported how a military fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a military truck on April 25, killing over 20 army personnel.
The insurgents had attacked a military base in Mainok and overpowered the troops who called for reinforcement.
A source had told SaharaReporters that a reinforcement team of the Nigerian Army sent to the community was mistakenly bombed by an Air Force fighter jet.
“The Boko Haram terrorists disguised in military uniform and gained access to the camp. They came in different groups and could not be counted. The Nigerian Army were pinned down, they requested for reinforcement, the reinforcement got on their way only to get smoked by the Nigerian Airforce.
“The (reinforcement team) was coming from Ngandu and were killed by an airstrike. The Air Force mistook them for Boko Haram as both were cladded in similar military uniform and operational vehicles,” a source had told SaharaReporters.
Reacting in a tweet the following day, the Air Force said investigation had commenced on the alleged incident.
When contacted on Monday to know the outcome of the investigation, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said the incident was still under investigation.
“We are still investigating the incident, we’ll update you as soon as the investigation is concluded,” he told SaharaReporters.