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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has addressed the air strike by the Nigerian Army in Tudun Birni community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, stating that terrorists were embedded among civilians.

All Nigeria Latest News had reported that Eighty-five people were killed with several others injured in the bombing, making it one of the country’s deadliest military bombing accidents.

Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, clarified that the airstrikes were directed at terrorists. He explained that the army’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detachment detected the movement of terrorists in Ligarma, an area known for being a haven for insurgents.

“It should be noted that terrorists often deliberately embed themselves within civilian population centres for the civilian population to bear the consequences of their atrocities,” he said in a Tuesday statement.

“Nevertheless, the Nigerian military does its best at all times to distinguish between civilians and terrorists.

“The military views every civilian death in the cause of operations as a tragedy as such tragedies are needless and unwanted, which causes the armed forces to take extensive measures to avoid them.

“For instance, communities are to always alert troops of their activities particularly when such a community is known to be infested with terrorists and their sympathisers.

“These instructions are intended at enabling the military to distinguish between friendly and untoward activities.”

The Nigerian Army has acknowledged responsibility for the incident, citing it as a mistake during a routine mission against terrorists. Both President Bola Tinubu and Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, have called for a comprehensive investigation and expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

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