Soldiers feared dead as NAF jet hits Army truck in Borno

Scores of soldiers have been reportedly killed when a Nigerian Air Force jet accidentally hit the truck conveying soldiers on reinforcement in Mainok, Borno State.

The NAF jet was said to have hit the wrong coordinate while targeting Boko Haram fighters.

But the Nigerian Air Force has said it is investigating the report to know what happened.

The Director Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the incident cannot be confirmed yet until preliminary investigation is conducted.

In a tweet on Monday, via its official twitter handle, the NAF, said it is investigating the alleged incident, adding the general public will be duly updated as soon as the investigation is concluded.

The tweet reads: “The attention of the @NigAirForce has been drawn to reports alleging “How NAF Killed over 20 Nigerian Army Personnel by Accident in Air Strike” at Mainok which is about 55km to Maiduguri.

“The NAF wishes to state that visuals and reports been circulated are being investigated and the general public will be duly updated on the alleged incident. All enquiries should please be directed to the Office of the Director of Public Relations and Information, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force.”

The insurgents had attacked a military base in Mainok and reportedly overpowered the troops who called for reinforcement.

The Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, when contacted, said he was going to issue a statement on the incident.

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