Combat helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has gone missing while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno State.
The development was confirmed in a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force.
Air Commodore Ibikunle noted in his statement that the details of the incident are still sketchy and will be made known soon when investigations are done.
The full statement by the NAF spokesman reads, “A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helicopter was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno State.
“The mission was part of 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. As soon as the details of the crash are known, they will be made available to the public.