A mother and her four children were killed in Sububu, Zamfara State, by air strikes from fighter jets targeting criminals.
The Nigerian Air Force aircraft was targeting criminals at the wide Sububu Forest located between Shinkafi and Maradun Local Governments when the terrible tragedy occurred, according to multiple sources.
They assault travellers on the Sokoto-Gusau Road as well as villages in Sokoto and Zamfara States from the jungle.
According to sources, the aerial missions took place around 2 p.m. on Monday.
Four different people told news reporters over the phone that the fighter jets missed their targets by dropping bombs on the Sububu village instead of the outlaws’ hideout in the jungle.
“A mom and her four children were murdered by the bombs. A guy and a girl, both teens, were among the children. One elderly woman was also injured in the attacks, according to a Sububu local.
He added that during the raids, a new Friday mosque erected by a bandit leader, Halilu Sububu, was also demolished, but that no one was trapped inside because the attack occurred after worshippers had completed their afternoon prayers.
According to another source, the planes may have used the GPS locations of some pricey smartphones taken from Sokoto and being charged in the area.
“You are aware that they are the owners of Sububu” (village). Nobody goes there, not even security personnel or other government officials,” he explained.
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Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, confirmed the repeated airstrikes on the region to PRNigeria, an online PR outlet that generally provides official security press releases but did not comment on the victims’ deaths.
According to Commodore Gabkwet, the military carried out “precise airstrikes on the armed bandits after information and position identification to avoid collateral damage.”
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Daily Trust