Bombing of civilians in Kaduna community unwanted tragedy – DHQ


The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Tuesday said the drone attack on Ligarma community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state that killed scores of civilians on Sunday was an unwanted tragedies.

It said it was based on information about “untoward activities of terrorists in the area.”

This is contained in a statement by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba on Tuesday in Abuja.

Buba said the Nigerian Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detachment had at about 2200hrs on Sunday, observed movement of terrorist at Ligarma, known to be a terrorist-infested area of Kaduna State.

He said the aerial surveillance captured movement of groups of persons synonymous with the terrorist tactics and modus operandi.

Buba explained that the observed advance of the terrorist that were gathered, posed a threat to key infrastructure within reach of their activities.

According to him, the threat was eliminated to prevent the terrorist from unleashing terror on innocent civilians.

“It should be noted that, terrorist often deliberately embed themselves within civilian population centres for civilian population to bear the consequences of their atrocities.

“Nevertheless, the Nigerian military does its best at all times to distinguish between civilians and terrorist.

“The military views every civilian death in the cause of operations as a tragedy as such tragedies are needless and unwanted, which causes the armed forces to take extensive measures to avoid them,” he said.

According to him, one such measures taken by the military is to continually gives precise instructions to communities.

“For instance, communities are to always alert troops of their activities particularly when such a community is known to be infested with terrorist and their sympathizers.

“These instructions are intended at enabling the military distinguish between friendly and untoward activities,” he said.

Buba said the armed forces would continue to operate in line with international laws and would also continue its determined and cautious progress in eradicating terrorist from the land.

He said the terrorists often disguised as civilian to perpetrate terror as part of their tactics, adding that the military would continue to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced in the conduct of its operations.

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