Margba attack: The Togolese army admits to having wrongly shot civilians

Friday, 15 July 2022 15:49
Margba attack: The Togolese army admits to having wrongly shot civilians

(Togo First) - Seven civilians were killed and two injured on the night of July 9 to 10, 2022, in Margba, a village located in the Tône prefecture, northern Togo. Subsequently, the Togolese army announced it would investigate the incident.

The investigation revealed that it was the army that accidentally shot the civilians, mostly teenagers, mistaking them for terrorists. “An aircraft on night patrol hit a group of people who were thought to be a column of jihadists on the move,” reads a statement from the army. 

“The Togolese army deeply regrets this tragedy and again extends its sincere condolences to the grieving families, and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” the note adds, while stressing that “necessary measures will be taken to avoid such drama in the future”.

A government delegation visits grieving families

Yesterday, July 14, a delegation from the government visited the grieving families to also extend their condolences and wish a quick recovery for the two who were injured.

Brigadier General Dada Maganawé, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Togo, in an official note addressing the incident, has reiterated the commitment of his men to serve and protect the people and country, while emphasizing the need to better cooperate with local populations to better protect them. 

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