Updated: February 27, 2021
Boko Haram terrorists have shot down a Nigerian Air Force helicopter during deadly combats in the country’s northeast.
“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 Air Force said in a statement on Tuesday night.
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The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East where hundreds of people have been massacred in the past few weeks alone.
The incident occurred about 7:45 pm today, 2 January 2019, the Air Force said.
Local media reported that many soldiers were also gunned down while the Air Force said it killed many terrorists.
In the confusion, it was hard to have a full picture of what was going on.
“Details of the cause of the crash were still scanty. As soon as the details of the crash are known, they will be made available to the public,” said Ibikunle Daramola, the Director of Public Relations and Information.