A helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) used in the war against the Boko Haram terrorists has been missing in the course of action, prompting fears it may have crashed at an unknown location.
The Nigerian Air Force disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday around 10:30 pm, noting that the incident happened whilst providing 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 are attempting to overrun military bases, with attacks on Metele, Buni Gari and Baga in the latest attempted invasion on December 26 and 27, 2018.
The Nigerian Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola confirmed the aircraft went missing around 7:45 pm on Wednesday, adding that details regarding the crash were yet to be ascertained.
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.”