Protest rocks Zaria over Nigerian Army’s accidental bombing of Kaduna village where 120 civilians perished

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Protesters in Zaria

Some residents of Zaria, Kaduna State have taken to the streets of the ancient town to protest Sunday’s killing of no fewer than 120 villagers in Tudun Biri community in Igabi local government area by a Nigerian Army drone.

The placard-wielding protesters marched around the town calling on the authorities to protect the state from wanton killings.

Some of the placards had inscriptions like, “Justice for Arewa” “Justice for Igabi” and “Secure North”.

Sunday’s bombing, which occurred as the villagers were observing the Maulud celebration, has been described as one of the deadliest accidental bombings by the military in the nation’s history.

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On Monday, the North-West zonal spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Halima Suleiman, confirmed 85 dead, saying a search was still ongoing and 66 other victims were injured in Sunday’s bombing.

The Tudun Biri bombing mirrored a January 17, 2017 incident in which a Nigerian Air Force jet mistakenly bombed an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp near the Cameroonian border in Rann, Borno State, killing at least 115 people, including six Red Cross officials, and leaving more than 100 wounded.

Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday ordered a full-scale investigation into Sunday’s bombing, while commiserating with the government and people of Kaduna over the “unfortunate” incident.

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