March 5, 2024

The Director of Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj General Edward Buba has said that The military views every civilian death in the cause of operations as a tragedy.
The Director who spoke on Monday, via a press statement, amid flakes over the military airstrikes targeting terrorists in Kaduna, stressed that, “Such tragedies are needless and unwanted, that cause the armed forces to take extensive measures to avoid them”.
The press release titled: AIR STRIKE ON LIGARMA VILLAGE IN KADUNA STATE, read:
“On 3 Dec 2023, at about 2200hrs and based on untoward activities by terrorist.
“The NA UAV detachment observed movement of terrorist at Ligarma, a terrorist-infested area of Kaduna State.
“Aerial surveillance captured movement of groups of persons synonymous with the terrorist tactics and modus operandi.
“The observed advance of the terrorist that were gathered posted a threat to key infrastructure within reach of the untoward activities. “Accordingly, 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 in order 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 terrorist. “The military views every civilian death in the cause of operations as a tragedy.
“Such tragedies are needless and unwanted, that cause the armed forces to take extensive measures to avoid them.
“One such measures taken by the military is to continually gives precise instructions to communities.
“For instance, communities are to always alert troops of their activities particularly when such a community is known to be infested with terrorist and their sympathisers.
“These instructions are intended at enabling the military distinguish between friendly and untoward activities.
“The armed forces will continue to operate consistent with international law as it always has done.
“It will also continue its determined and cautious progress in eradicating terrorist from our land. “These terrorist as part of their tactics disguise as civilian to perpetrate terror.
“Accordngly, the will continue to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced in the conduct of operations”.

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