Kaduna: Why the attack on community happened – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters says the drone attack on Ligarma community, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State on Sunday, was based on information about untoward activities of terrorists in the area.

This is contained in a statement issued by its Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Buba said the Nigerian Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) detachment had at about 2200hrs on Sunday, observed movement of terrorists at Ligarma, known to be a terrorist-infested area of Kaduna State.

According to him, the aerial surveillance captured movement of groups of persons synonymous with the terrorist tactics and modus operandi. Buba explained that the observed advance of the terrorist that were gathered posed a threat to key infrastructure within reach of their activities.

He further stated that the threat was eliminated to prevent the terrorist from unleashing terror on innocent civilians. “It should be noted that terrorist often deliberately embed themselves within civilian population centres for civilian population to bear the consequences of their atrocities.

“Nevertheless, the Nigerian military does its best at all times to distinguish between civilians and terrorists”, he added.

“The military views every civilian death in the cause of operations as a tragedy; as such, tragedies are needless and unwanted, which causes the armed forces to take extensive measures to avoid them”, he said. According to him, one such measure taken by the military is to continually give precise instructions to communities.

He said the terrorists often disguised as civilians to perpetrate terror as part of their tactics, adding that the military would continue to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced in the conduct of its operations.

Buba said the armed forces would continue to operate in line with international laws and would also continue its determined and cautious progress in eradicating terrorists from the land.

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