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UN denounces Nigerian Army killings of civilians

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A misinterpretation of the circumstances at the site led to the United Nations, UN, condemning an airstrike on a hamlet in northern Nigeria that killed numerous civilians.

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According to Janescope, a Nigerian Army drone that was intended to target armed groups in northwest Kaduna State unintentionally killed at least 85 civilians, causing a stir and one of the largest military bombing events in the nation’s history.

Tuesday, while the people of Tudun Biri celebrated a Muslim festival, an army drone mistakenly struck the town, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu ordered an investigation.

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The act was denounced by the UN Human Rights Office, which also noted that it was the most recent of at least four bombings that caused significant civilian casualties since 2017.

UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Seif Magango said in a statement, “While we note that the authorities have termed the civilian deaths as accidental, we call on them to take all feasible steps in the future to ensure civilians and civilian infrastructure are protected.”

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“To make sure that such incidents do not happen again, they must review standard operating procedures and rules of engagement.”

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