At least, 20 civilians have been reportedly killed as a result of an alleged air strike in Dabar Masara, a border town in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State.
A local source, Ahmadu Tijjani, told newsmen the airstrike occurred on Sunday afternoon when the villagers were out on their farmlands and riverine areas fishing.
Ahmadu said, “The civilians were in their farms late Sunday afternoon when a jet flew over the general area and dropped bombardments in three different locations, all within Dabar Masara.
“In one of the locations attacked, we were told that 10 persons were evacuated and buried that same day. Maybe they mistook them for Boko Haram; but those were our relatives and they were only out looking for their daily bread because even if they stayed at home, nobody will give them food.”
Dabar Masara is a farming and fishing community located on the Nigerian side of the Lake Chad region in Monguno LGA.
Ahmadu claimed that Boko Haram fighters had not attacked locals in a long time as the terrorists mostly storm the villages to loot food or fish without harming villagers.
The Directorate of the Air Force Public Relations is yet to react to this incident as of Press time.