The presidency also says it will “fully support” the state government as it deals with what it describes as a “regrettable operational mistake.

With a majority of those killed being displaced people who fled their homes in fear of Boko Haram attacks, the accidental bombing is drawing fury from around the world.

Jean-Clément Cabrol, MSF Director of Operations, strongly condemned the attack in a statement. “This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable,” he said.

Over the past seven years, the Boko Haram terrorist attacks have claimed over 20,000 lives and displaced over a million people from their homes. Although the Nigerian Army has managed to quell the Islamist group in the the last year, it has struggled to completely defeat Boko Haram and there continue to be surprise attacks on innocent people.

📬 Sign up for the Daily Brief

Our free, fast, and fun briefing on the global economy, delivered every weekday morning.