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Military denied allegations of killing Civilians during Air Raids on Boko Haram hideout in Borno

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The attention of the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been drawn to some media reports indicating that air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Shokotoko Village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State on Thursday, 9th April 2020, inadvertently killed innocent civilians while carrying out raids on suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, made this known in a statement titled, ‘Re: Alleged Bombing of Civilians in Air Strikes in Borno State’
He said the operation, which was conducted on the 9th of April and early hours of 10th April 2020, was based on credible intelligence reports obtained from land forces and other security agencies as well as reliable, vetted informants, which confirmed that the target location was occupied by Boko Haram Terrorists.
The attack helicopter that executed the mission was accompanied by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft to ensure proper targeting for avoidance of collateral damage.
He noted that, Nigerian Air Force pilots, by training and in line with extant Rules of Engagement for the operation, do not attack any location if it is observed that non-combatants, especially women and children, are present.
They wish to reassure the general public that the AFN, in keeping with its professional responsibility, will continue to work diligently to rid the North East of all terrorist elements with a view to facilitating a return to normalcy that will enable Nigerians in the area pursue their legitimate aspirations.

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