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Accidental Bombing: 236 People Buried In Rann
Following the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Rann community in Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, a total of 234 people who were killed in the incident have been buried.
Chairman of the council area, Babagana Malarima, said this when the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, visited Rann.
“We buried 234 corpses in Rann after the bombs were dropped on the IDP camp,” Malarima said, adding that there were “two other injured persons that died while in hospital in Maiduguri.”
Many of the injured victims were flown by helicopter to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital due to the bad and insecure state of roads that link the Borno Capital with Kala-Balge, where the Rann camp is located.
Malarima said that families of the deceased victims as well as the injured ones are demanding for compensation from the Nigerian government.
The military authorities and the federal government described the bombing as an accident and expressed solidarity with the victims.
According to them, the jet was meant to target suspected Boko Haram members who had attacked the community, but it accidentally bombed the camp.
An Air Force investigation team has since arrived Borno to investigate the attack.
An international medical charity, Medecines Sans Frontieres, MSF, commonly known as Doctors without Borders, had announced that 52 persons died in the incident and 120 others were injured.
The Organisation later said the death toll could be as high as 174.