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20 Soldiers Feared Killed As Air Force ‘Accidentally’ Bombs Truck Conveying Military Re-inforcement During Boko Haram Attack

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Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed men of the Nigerian Army on Sunday, killing over 20 officers, a military source has revealed.

The soldiers who were reinforced from Ngandu village in Borno, were said to be on their way to Mainok, headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state which was under attack by militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād.

The troops who were under attack were said to have called for reinforcement.

The truck which was conveying the soldiers was targeted and shelled by the air strike following a flawed intelligence, sources said.

A soldier who spoke in anonymity 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.”

The air force has however, promised to investigate what happened and get back to the public with it own investigation.