By Enyichukwu Enemanna
Many have been feared dead following an air strike allegedly carried out by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Tudun Biri village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, multiple sources have reported.
Sources said the incident occurred at about 9pm on Sunday, when villagers gathered for Maulud celebration.
A report by Channels TV quoted a source from the village as saying that members of the community were mistakenly bombed in the air strike.
He said they were mistaken as bandits migrating from the neighboring Zamfara State to camp in Tudun Biri village.
The development has caused panic within the area as many residents have fled from the community to neighbouring villages for fear of being caught in more bomb attacks, the report added.
In response, the Nigerian Air Force says it is not responsible for the Tudun Biri air strike.
The officer in charge of media relations, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said, “the Nigerian Air Force has not carried out any air operations within Kaduna State and environs in the last 24 hours”.
He also noted that “the Nigerian Air Force isn’t the only Service operating combat armed drones in the region”.
Following the incident, an emergency security meeting has been convened by the Kaduna State Government.