Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70
- 'Catastrophic event' -Aid agencies assisting the hundreds of thousands of people in northeast Nigeria in dire need of food, shelter, clean water and healthcare expressed shock and dismay at the bombing. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, described it as "a truly catastrophic event," calling for a full investigation to prevent any repeat. Jean-Clement Cabrol, director of operations for the medical charity MSF, which earlier gave a death toll of 52, said the attack was "shocking and unacceptable." The secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, said: "It cannot become the new normal that 'accidental' attacks on camps sheltering the innocent are allowed to happen again and again in conflict zones." Human Rights Watch's senior Nigeria researcher Mausi Segun said, the government in Abuja should compensate victims and their families. “Even if there is no evidence of a wilful attack on the camp, which would be a war crime, the camp was bombed indiscriminately, violating international humanitarian law.”
- Questions asked -Local and international aid agencies have until recently been unable to get to Rann because of bad roads and security problems in the remote region near the border with Cameroon around Lake Chad. The military announced last month that it has ousted Boko Haram from its camps in Sambisa Forest, in southern Borno, sending fighters north. Nigeria's military has announced an investigation into the incident. The Daily Trust newspaper reported that clearly marked ICRC tents were bombed, without quoting sources. MSF said, none of its staff was injured or killed but that three employees of a Cameroonian firm it hired to provide water and sanitation services lost their lives. Ties have been strained between humanitarian agencies and the Nigerian authorities, which have accused some aid organisations of exaggerating the food crisis triggered by the insurgency. In December, Save the Children said, 4.7 million people in the northeast needed food assistance and some 400,000 children were at imminent risk of starvation. The presidency called some of the claims "hyperbolic" while the Borno state governor recently accused some aid agencies of profiting from the crisis.