The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday said it has commenced an investigation into media reports alleging NAF killed more than 20 soldiers by accident in an airstrike in the northeastern state of Borno.

“The attention of the NAF has been drawn to reports alleging how NAF killed over 20 Nigerian Army personnel by accident in an airstrike at Mainok which is about 55km to Maiduguri,” the air force said in a statement.

According to the NAF, the “visuals and reports being circulated are being investigated,” while assuring that the public will be duly updated on the alleged incident.

Local media outlets on Monday had reported that the soldiers killed were mistaken for Boko Haram militants in Mainok and that the airstrikes had targeted them in an anti-terror operation Sunday. Enditem

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