By Concise News Correspondents
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid group has disclosed that 90 people were killed in an accidental air strike by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday on a camp for internally displaced persons in Rann, Borno state.
Most of the victims of Tuesday’s bombing were women and children, according to MSF.
Meanwhile, the NAF has set up a board of inquiry to investigate the incident.
Military commanders have already called the bombing a mistake, blaming it on “the fog of war”, saying the intended target was jihadists reportedly spotted in the Kala-Balge area, of which Rann is part.
“Around 90 people were killed when a Nigerian air force plane circled twice and dropped two bombs in the middle of the town of Rann,” MSF said in a statement.
The death toll could still rise further — MSF said there were “consistent reports from residents and community leaders” saying that as many as 170 people were killed.
“This figure needs to be confirmed. The victims of this horrifying event deserve a transparent account of what happened and the circumstances in which this attack took place,” MSF General Director Bruno Jochum said.
At least 20,000 have been killed and more than 2.6 million made homeless since the Islamists took up arms in 2009.
The air force said it had initially been given a list of 20 witnesses and said the inquiry board would report no later than February 2. No journalists have been allowed to visit the area of the bombing, though.