A Nigerian military airstrike targeting “bandits” killed seven children and injured five others in the southern region of neighboring Niger, a local governor told AFP News on Feb. 20.
“There was a mistake with the Nigerian strikes on the border that resulted in victims on our territory in the village of Nachade” on Feb. 18, Chaibou Aboubacar, governor of the Maradi region, said.
Aboubacar said four of the children died instantly while three others later died while being transported to a hospital.
Aboubacar further said that he believed the military plans were targeting “armed bandits” in the border areas but “missed their target.”
Nigerian Director of Defense Information Jimmy Akpor said an investigation is underway, according to VOA News.
“As a matter of policy, the Nigerian Air Force does not make any incursions into areas outside Nigeria’s territorial boundaries,” Akpor said.
Niger and Nigeria have been conducting joint military operations against armed gangs that carry out killings and kidnappings in the region for ransom.
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