The Nigerian military has again, expressed regrets over the drone attack that killed and injured many people at Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State.
We will learn from this experience and improve on our operational processes, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, told newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
Buba assured that the Nigerian military would continue to conduct its operations in accordance with international laws and rules of engagement.
While dismissing the insinuation that lack of inter-service synergy could have led to the mishap, he said that military operations were being conducted nationwide jointly with the Army, Navy and Air Force.
”On the incident that happened, I can assure you that the military learns from its experiences and will continue to make improvements as we go along.
“It is an incident that has happened and like I mentioned in my brief, we are determined to deal with it squarely.
“There will be need for protocols, there will be need for processes to be improved upon and this I assure you, we will put in place to ensure that in future we have near to zero occurrences,” he said.
On the casualties figure, Buba said that the records from the community put the death toll at 81, while about 70 were receiving treatment at the hospital.
He described as faulty, erroneous and unpatriotic, insinuation by some groups that the attack was targeted at a particular religion, saying it was a dangerous speculation at time the nation was at war.
The defence spokesman called on all Nigerians to support the military with useful information to carry out its operations without hitches.
LEADERSHIP reports that on December 3rd, 2023, the tragic bombing incident occurred in the Tudun Biri village of Kaduna State, Nigeria. The incident, initially believed to be a military airstrike against suspected bandits, later turned out to be a devastating accident, leaving a trail of death and devastation.
The official death toll from the incident has risen to 127, with reports of many injured still receiving treatment.
There have been conflicting reports and accusations surrounding the incident, with many questioning the official narrative. Amnesty International and other human rights organisations have called for a transparent and thorough investigation to determine the cause of the bombing and hold those responsible accountable.
Protesters have also taken to the streets in Kaduna and Abuja, demanding justice for the victims of the bombing and urging the government to ensure such tragedies never happen again.
The international community has expressed concern over the bombing, urging the Nigerian government to investigate the incident fully and implement measures to protect civilians. The United Nations and other organisations have offered assistance to support the victims and their families.