By Enyichukwu Enemanna
The Nigerian Army says it is responsible for the air strike on Sunday in Tudun Biri village, Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, in which many villagers were feared dead.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan disclosed this at the end of an emergency security meeting on Monday, which was summoned in response to the air strike.
The bombing on the villagers was unintended and unfortunate, Aruwan told journalists at the end of the security meeting held behind close door.
Members of the community were on Sunday marking the Maulud celebration to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad when an unmanned aerial vehicle bombed some parts of the community, killing a yet to be ascertained number of individuals.
It was earlier alleged that the Nigeria Air Force carried out the air strike, but it denied any involvement.
Aruwan explained that the troops of the Nigerian Army were on a routine mission against terrorists in the area and accidentally the operation affected members of the community.
He also disclosed that search and rescue operations are still ongoing, while those who were injured have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.