Boko Haram attacks Air Force helicopter

Posted by News Express | 16 February 2017 | 2,660 times

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A Nigerian Air Force helicopter.

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza on Wednesday came under attack by members of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) group.

“The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at severally by the insurgents. However, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound. The helicopter had departed from Maiduguri enroute the venue of the 2-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents.  Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination to enable the outreach programme continue uninterrupted,” NAF Director of Public Relations & Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said.

He added in a statement issued on Thursday: “Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat. Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of BHTs were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.

“Recall that the NAF has been conducting medical outreach in the North East as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons. The latest of this effort was in Gwoza. This follows a similar effort undertaken recently for IDPs in Lagos area.”


Source: News Express

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