A victim of army drones attack receives treatment at a hospital in Kaduna Nigeria, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. Nigeria’s emergency services agency says more than 80 people are confirmed dead after military drones “mistakenly” bombed a religious gathering in the northwest. Some 60 people were injured in the attack Sunday in Kaduna state. (AP Photo/Olu Ajayi) (Olu Ajayi / Associated Press)

At least 85 civilians killed by a Nigerian army drone attack, in the latest such deadly mistake

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 85 civilians were killed when an army drone attack erroneously targeted a religious gathering in northwest Nigeria, officials confirmed Tuesday, as the president ordered a probe into the latest in a series of such deadly mistakes in Nigeria’s conflict zones.

The strike took place Sunday night in Kaduna state’s Tudun Biri village while residents observed the Muslim holiday marking the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, government officials said. The military believed it was “targeting terrorists and bandits,” officials said.

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