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Drone Attack in Nigeria’s Kaduna State Kills 85 Civilians Celebrating Religious Holiday

HeadlineDec 06, 2023

In Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu ordered an investigation following a miscalculated military drone strike that killed at least 85 civilians Sunday in the village of Tudun Biri in northwest Kaduna state. The victims were gathering for a religious celebration, marking the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. This is a survivor recounting the tragic attack.

Hauwa Yakuba: “We were celebrating Maulud when the airplane came and dropped the bomb. Some died, some got injured, and we all ran into the house. When the men in the village heard what happened, they came out to check. And that was when they dropped the second one, and more people died.”

Drones are estimated to have erroneously killed some 400 civilians since 2017, in attacks that were targeting armed groups in the north of Nigeria.

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