Zamfara Bombardment: Nigerian Military Exonerates Troops
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
The Nigerian Military High Command has exonerated own troops from any ‘collateral damage,’ in Malele Mutunji Village of Dansadau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, noting that the operation was ‘accurate, precise and clinical’.
Recall, military airstrikes recently neutralized no fewer than 213 bandits and collaborators in Malele and Mutungi communities of Zamfara State, leaving several others with various degrees of injuries.
INCNews247 learnt the bandits had on Saturday invaded Malele community of Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area, with the youths in the village putting up resistance.
The bandits later reinforced and attacked the village in large numbers leading to the villagers sending SOS messages to military operatives in Dansadau who responded swiftly and engaged the terrorists in both shootout and air bombardments.
The Nigerian Military, through the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, on Thursday, therefore debunked any collateral damage in Malele, saying the operation in the village was accurate, precise and clinical, adding that high level of professionalism was adopted by the troops.
Danmadami made the clarification during the military’s biweekly press briefing in Abuja.
Contrary to certain conflicting allegations being reported by various media outlets, he emphasized that the operation was successfully carried out and that scores of terrorists were killed without any instances of collateral damage being recorded.
The two-star General, hinted that investigation has already commenced to ascertain the claims that civilians were killed through rockets from the air strikes during the operations.
He further explained that the military has always adopted professionalism and rules of engagements in all its operations.
“Investigation has been ordered into the operation to ascertain if actually there was collateral damage and equally the number of people that were involved.
“So for now we cannot give you any specific number as to the level of collateral damage that happened during that incident so as not to jeopardise the investigation that is ongoing.
“The air bombardment was a precision bombardment and a lot of terrorists were equally neutralised during the operations,” he explained.