The federal government has expressed regrets over the death of about 64 civilians as a result of military airstrikes at Mutumji, Maru local government area of Zamfara state.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed said the incident was unfortunate.
“In respect of the unfortunate collateral deaths in Zamfara state, I think the federal government regrets this. Fighting insurgency is a very difficult thing.
“And as much as the air force or the military are careful, once in a while, it does happen. That innocent people actually also suffer. We will regret it.
“But I think is the nature of fighting insurgency and the military are very, very careful, especially the Air Force and the army when trying to contain insurgency not to, allow innocent lives to be killed. The airforce regrets it, we regret it. But unfortunately once in a while it happens,” he said.