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Kaduna strike: Survivor recounts loss of 34 family members

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The festive air of Maulud turned into a chilling nightmare for the residents of Tudun Biri in Kaduna state on Sunday evening. 

An aerial strike by the Nigerian army, meant for “terrorists,” left a devastating mark on the village, claiming the lives of over 90 innocent civilians.

Among the heartbroken survivors is Idris Dahiru, who lost a staggering 34 members of his family in the attack. Recalling the horrific scene to BBC Hausa, Dahiru’s voice trembled with grief.

“Our annual Maulud celebration was shattered by unexpected airstrikes,” he narrated. “The first bomb exploded without warning, killing innocent people, including women and children. Some victims were torn apart by the blast.”

The chaos didn’t end there. As villagers rushed to help the injured, the fighter jet returned, unleashing another wave of bombs. This time, many of those who came to aid their fallen neighbors became casualties themselves.

“My family alone has lost 34 members in this tragedy,” Dahiru said, his voice thick with emotion. “We have 66 loved ones receiving medical care at Barau Dikko hospital.”

The Nigerian army has expressed regret for the incident, claiming it was a case of mistaken identity. President Bola Tinubu has also called for a thorough probe into the devastating incident

 

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