Many Feared Dead, Others Injured As Jet Reportedly Bombs Yobe Community - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Many Feared Dead, Others Injured As Jet Reportedly Bombs Yobe Community

By Ranti Adebakin



Several persons have reportedly been killed and others injured in an aerial bombardment in Buwari community, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State on Wednesday. 


A source in the community confirmed the incident to Our Correspondent, explaining that those injured in the incident are receiving treatment at the General Hospitals in Geidam and Gashua.


Another source, Haruna Ali, said that three Toyota Hilux brought the injured victims to Geidam General Hospital.

But the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied reports linking one of its fighter jets to the bombing. 


In a statement on Wednesday, the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet explained that the agency last conducted a mission in Yobe State earlier in the month. 


“NAF last conducted a mission into Yobe State (Not Yunusari LGA) on 5 September 2021 and it was an armed recce,” he said. “No bomb or missile was even expended”.


The community is located 20 kilometres away from Kannamma, the headquarters of Yunusari Local Government Area of the North East state.


Yobe, and other states in the North East have been battling insurgency for the last decade with many killed and others rendered homeless.


Although critics say the war against insurgency is far from over, the Federal Government and security agencies maintain that the country is recording successes in the region.


According to the Nigerian Army, the insurgents are surrendering in droves due to sustained onslaught from security operatives.


But as security forces continue to battle the criminals, calls to grant them amnesty have sharply divided opinion in the country.


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied reports linking one of its fighter jets to the bombing of a community in Yobe State.