NAF Alpha jet pursuing Islamist insurgents declared missing
By Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The Nigerian Air Force says it lost contact with an Alpha-Jet during an air interdiction mission in a field battle with Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
It was gathered that the fighter jet went missing on Wednesday around 5pm and military authorities fear that it might have been lost in action or shot down by the Boko Haram terrorists, who are now being supported by a more deadly Islamic State West African Province fighters.
The Nigerian Air Force in a statement confirmed the Alpha Jet is missing and stated that details of the whereabouts of the aircraft were still sketchy.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said, “An NAF Alpha-Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops.
The mission was part of the ongoing counter-insurgency 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.”