Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Shooting Down Nigerian Air Force Jet
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the missing Nigerian Air Force Jet.
The Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, has released footage of it shooting down the missing Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet Aircraft.
The jet had on Wednesday evening lost contact with radar in Borno state.
The aircraft was on a mission to provide support for troops on the ground fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
Edward Gabkwet, the NAF spokesperson, in a statement on Friday, said the whereabouts of the two flying officers piloting the jet were unknown.
Boko Haram in a video released on Friday claimed its members shot down the jet.
According to HumAngle, the group also showed fighters carrying RPG and artillery equipment, as well as a corpse of the pilot and the aircraft’s debris.
This online news medium had reported that the Nigerian Air Force on Friday said that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off the radar on Wednesday may have crashed.
Boko Haram faction has released a footage of it shooting down a fighter jet mid-air. The military had on Wed. said an aircraft was missing. The video also showed fighters carrying RPG & artillery equipment, as well as a corpse of the pilot & the aircraft's debris. Details later. pic.twitter.com/YLzssmwqQB
— HumAngle_ (@HumAngle_) April 2, 2021