An unmanned drone has supposedly crashed at Dumge village of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State, KSM News, Borno state government media aide's Facebook account, has reported.
The drone was apparently being used in the counter-terrorism operation in the Northeast.
According to KSM news, a witness, Muktar Usman, said of the drone on the social media as follows: "It could be French. And what happened after that? The drone is still armed. I can see missiles attached to the wings. Locals have to be careful!"
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The Nigerian Defence Headquarters is yet to confirm the information concerning the drone.
Later it has been gathered that the crashed flying machine is a Chinese made CH-3 drone, equipped with two AR-1 air-to-ground missiles. This proves that it was on a combat, not on a surveillance mission. CH-3 is a medium-sized long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of undertaking attack missions out to 200km (the range of its ground station).
See this model of the drone in action:
Before this incident, Nigeria was not known for using attack UAVs in the war against the Boko Haram insurgents.
Dumge village is 30km northeast of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, the state worst-hit by terrorists.
It should be noted that last Saturday, January 24, Nigerian troops and Boko Haram insurgents were involved in a ferocious fight for the city of Maiduguri.