Nigerian Airforce Aircraft deployed to fight Boko Haram loses contact with radar

A Nigerian Air Force aircraft on a mission to provide support for troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state has lost contact with radar.

This was made known in a statement by air force spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet on Wednesday.

The statement read: “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. The loss of radar contact occurred at about 5:08 pm on 31 March 2021. 

“Details of the whereabouts of the aircraft or likely cause of contact loss are still sketchy but will be relayed to the general public as soon as they become clear. 

“Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing.”

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