14,000 feet up, an average Nigerian Northernern looks like a bandit, ex-drone operator says, after mistaken bombing that caused civilian casualties
“A former drone operator for the Nigerian military has made a shocking claim:
The civilian casualties resulting from military airstrikes in northern Nigeria were caused by a failure to distinguish between bandits and civilians.
He alleges that the lack of clear visual distinction from above led to tragic consequences. The military has not yet commented on these allegations.
The former drone operator also claimed that the visual sensors on the drones have a difficult time distinguishing between sticks and guns in Northern Nigeria, leading to mistakes in identification.
This, combined with the fact that many northern Nigerians carry sticks for personal protection and cow raring, led to the tragic bombing of civilians who were mistaken for bandits.