There was widespread anger across the country on Monday following the accidental bombing of Tudun Biri in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army on Sunday, leading to the death of several villagers.

The residents were celebrating Maulud, an Islamic event when the bombs were dropped by the military, who mistook the villagers for terrorists.

The development had triggered widespread condemnation from both local and international communities.

A statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed that the Army claimed responsibility for the airstrike.

Although the National Emergency Management Agency in a statement on its official Facebook page on Monday night said that the death toll had risen to 85, Senator Shehu Sani who was first to raise the alarm about the incident, stated that the airstrike killed about 150 persons.

In a post on his official X handle, the former Kaduna lawmaker revealed that the victims include both women and children.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain described the unfortunate incident as horrendous, saying it was a mass murder.

Sani wrote,

“150 innocent civilians, including women & children, bombed to death by their own Army in Kaduna today.

“This is horrendous. It is mass murder & genocide & those behind it must be brought to justice.”