Nigerian Air Force Helicopter lost in combat while providing air support to troops during battle with Boko Haram in Borno State

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter was lost
in combat on Wednesday night while providing
close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at
Damasak in Northern Borno State.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of
Public Relations and Information disclosed
this, but he did not disclose the model of the
helicopter or how many personnel were inside
it at the time the crash happened. Nigerian Air
Force has over a dozen of Russian made
helicopters, MMil Mi-17 and Mil Mi-24 models.
Daramola said the aircraft was involved in the
ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the
North East.
“The incident, occurred about 7:45 pm
today, 2 January 2019. Details of the
cause of the crash are still scanty”, he
said. As soon as the details of the
crash are known, they will be made
available to the public”, Daramola said.
The loss happened hours after Daramola
informed the nation that the Air Task Force
(ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE destroyed a
building being used as meeting venue by Boko
Haram fighters near Baga in Northern Borno
State.

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