Military Helicopter Fighting Boko Haram Goes Missing In Borno
The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday deployed an attack helicopter to Boko Haram wartorn areas such as Metele, Buni Gari, Baga etc in a bid to support the troops and retrieve some of the captured areas in the hands of the insurgents.
However, as at Wednesday night, the Helicopter has been declared missing in action, with fears that the aircraft had crashed at a yet-to-be-ascertained location.
The NAF confirmed the missing aircraft in a release around 10.30pm on Wednesday, noting that the helicopter was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak, in Northern Borno State.
Northern Borno is a vulnerable area where the Islamic State of West African Province fighters were attempting to overrun military bases.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the combat aircraft went missing about 7:45 pm on Wednesday, adding that details of the cause of the crash were still scanty.
He said, “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.”
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