Breaking: Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For for Shooting Down Missing NAF Jet

Breaking: Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For for Shooting Down Missing NAF Jet

- More revelations have trailed the missing Nigerian Air Force jet which lost radar on Wednesday, March 31

- A reported message from Boko Haram claims that its fighters brought down the jet in a newly released video

- The insurgents in a newly-released video showed how they shot down the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) mid-air

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A report by Daily Trust indicates that Boko Haram sect has claimed responsibility for the missing Jet of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) days after the aircraft lost contact with radar.

The insurgents in a newly-released video revealed that its fighters shot down the Alpha Jet aircraft deployed against the sect in Borno state on Wednesday evening, March 31.

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In the seven minutes, thirty seconds video released by Boko Haram on Friday, April 2, the fighters were spotted carrying artillery equipment and a corpse of one of the dead pilots.

Breaking: Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For for Shooting Down Missing NAF Jet
Boko Haram claims it shot down the Nigerian Air Force’s Alpha-jet aircraft, NAF-475 that went missing. Photo credit: Nigerian Air Force HQ
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The video footage showed the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) exploded in midair before it crashed.

According to Daily Nigerian, insurgents were also seen moving along a dusty road, in gun trucks, and on motorbikes in a video message sighted by the HumAngle.

Although could not immediately verify the claims, the military, however, is yet to react to the declaration of the insurgents.

This development is coming hours after the Nigerian Air Force gave an important update on the missing aircraft.

Without giving a specific location, NAF on its Facebook page said the aircraft might have been involved in a crash.

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The force, however, said it knows nothing about the cause of the accident and that the pilots, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele are still missing.

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Earlier, NAF had given an update regarding its Alpha-Jet which lost contact with radar in Borno state while on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops.

A statement sent to on Thursday, April 1, by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the NAF's director of public relations and information, indicates that the mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the northeast.

The loss of radar contact, according to the statement, occurred at about 5.08 pm on Wednesday, March 31.


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