Reliable reports have it that an Air Force fighter helicopter has gone missing in Borno, the military helicopter was meant to fight Boko Haram militants but it is feared to have crashed at an unknown area.
In a press release the late on Wednesday at about 10:30 PM, the Nigerian Air Force affirmed that the aircraft has gone missing while giving aerial support to ground troops of Battalion 145, Damasak, in Northern Borno.
Many of the attacks by Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) like attempts at overrunning military bases in Matele, Buni gari, Baga most recently on boxing day have all been perpetrated in Northern Borno.
Speaking, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed that the military helicopter went missing on Wednesday at about 7:45 PM while adding that the cause of the crash was unknown.
“A Nigerian Air Force helicopter was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno State. The mission was part of the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
“The incident occurred about 7:45 pm on January 2. Details of the cause of the crash are still scanty. As soon as the details of the crash are known, they will be made available to the public”, he said.
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