Boko Haram: Five killed in NAF helicopter crash

Banditry: Air Force helicopter crash-lands in Katsina

Nigeria lost five Air Force personnel in the crash involving an helicopter deployed to provide close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno in the war against the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The crash occurred Thursday night at about 7.45 p.m.

The personnel lost in the crash are two pilots and three other personnel.

According to the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the deceased are Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob, pilot in command; Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Kilyofas, co-pilot; Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim, flight technician; Lance Corporal Adamu Nura, gunner, and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael, gunner.

While confirming their death, Daramola said their corpses had been deposited in Maiduguri, Borno State.

NAF, it would be recalled, has been very active in the attack on terrorists in the North East.

Its activities have led to the killing of many terrorists and the destruction of their hideouts.

The latest of such attack is the one carried out on Tuesday.

It destroyed the building where the insurgents meet near Baga in the northern part of Borno State.

Announcing the action of the Air Force, Daramola said:  “The attack was conducted 1 Jan 2019, after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions confirmed that the building was being used as an assembly point by the terrorists. Consequently, the ATF dispatched a NAF Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the building…

“A direct hit was recorded on the target leading to significant damage to the structure and neutralisation of the occupants.”