An airstrike by the Nigerian army targeting ‘bandits’ has mistakenly killed seven children and wounded five others in the Niger Republic.
Disclosing this to AFP today February 20, Chaibou Aboubacar, the governor of the Maradi region, said the sad incident happened last Friday, February 11.
“There was a mistake with the Nigerian strikes on the border that resulted in victims on our territory in the village of Nachade. ?The victims are 12 children, seven of them dead and five wounded.”he said
Four children died instantly and three others succumbed to their injuries while being transported to the hospital.
According to the governor, “the parents were attending a ceremony and the children were probably playing when the strikes” hit them.
He believes the planes were targeting “armed bandits” in the border areas, but “missed their target” hitting Nachade instead.
Aboubacar said he visited the children’s graves on Saturday as well as the scene of the bombardment.