Many villagers are feared dead and more are injured after a bomb was dropped on them while they were celebrating Maulud (the birth of Prophet Muhammad).
At about 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, the celebration was underway when the bomb was dropped on residents of Tudun Biri, a community within the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna.
It was gathered that the bomb was dropped via a jet. Though details of the incident remain sketchy, preliminary reports indicate that at least 30 people died during the incident.
Residents told reporters that the bomb struck while the villagers gathered to commemorate Maulud in the village.
“They were celebrating Maulud (birth of Prophet Muhammad) when the jet dropped the bomb, resulting in the immediate death of more than 30 people,” a resident said.
There is apprehension that the death toll may increase. Samuel Aruwan, Overseeing Commissioner of the State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, did not provide casualty figures, stating that the government would address the media in a press conference at the Government House.
“We will address the press at Government House on the situation because there would be a security meeting later. So, let’s meet by 10 am,” he said.