A man injured during the accidental airstrike recovers in the Men’s Ward at the Maiduguri State Specialist Hospital on January 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

By Concise News Correspondents 

No fewer than 50 injured persons evacuated from Rann in Kalabalge Local Government of Borno State are said to have been operated upon.

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Dr Laraba Bello, who is the Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri, made the disclosure on Thursday.

He noted that 68 patients were admitted.

According to Bello, other injured persons were split between Umaru Shehu Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, all in Borno State.

But the medical director confirmed that one of those brought to the hospital had died on admission.

He added that some of the children evacuated to Maiduguri for treatment were unaccompanied.

“They brought the patients in batches; we received a total of 68 patients and we lost one.

“Right now we have discharged some and we have 58 patients remaining and all of them are responding to treatment; they are doing well.

“Close to 50 have entered the theatre for one procedure or the other,” the Medical Director said.

The Air Force team has been to the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole headquarters, the scene of the misfire in Rann, and the 105 composite group offices in Maiduguri.

It is believed that information on the circumstances surrounding the accident is being gathered, as well as the extent of damage.

Officials in the area had claimed that about 236 persons were killed while the Army said two of its personnel were affected.

The International Committee of the Red Cross was also said to have lost six of its members to the accidental bombing.