A bomb reportedly dropped by a Nigerian Air Force jet during a Maulud celebration in Tudun Biri, a community within Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has raised concerns about numerous villagers feared dead. Although details of the incident are still unclear, preliminary reports suggest that approximately 30 people lost their lives during the Sunday incident at around 9:00 pm,Daily Trust reports.
According to residents who spoke to Daily Trust, the bomb struck while the villagers were gathered to observe the Maulud celebration in the village. A resident stated, “They were celebrating Maulud (birth of Prophet Muhammad) when the jet dropped the bomb, resulting in the immediate death of more than 30 people.”
There is a growing apprehension that the death toll may rise further. Samuel Aruwan, the Overseeing Commissioner of the State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, declined to provide casualty figures when reached for comment.
He mentioned that the government would address the media in a press conference at the Government House, scheduling it for 10 am after a security meeting.
As of the press time, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has not released any official statement regarding the incident.