The Nigerian Airforce says it is investigating reports of an alleged airstrike on soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
Reports had emerged that about 20 soldiers were killed after a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force reportedly fired at ground troops in Mainok, Borno state.
The online platform had quoted military sources that the air force “accidentally” hit the wrong coordinates while targeting Boko Haram insurgents who had attacked the troops on Sunday.
But in a short tweet on its official Twitter handle, the Nigerian Air Force said Nigerians will be updated after the investigation has been concluded.
“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 tweet read.
“The NAF wishes to state that visuals and reports being circulated are currently being investigated and the general public will be duly updated on the alleged incident.
“All inquiries should please be directed to the Office of the Director of Public Relations and Information, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force or forwarded to email@example.com.”
By Abel Ejikeme