Insurgency Takes Dangerous Turn as Boko Haram Acquires Anti-Air Missiles
The protracted insurgency in North Eastern Nigeria has taken a new turn as the Boko Haram insurgents appear to have acquired anti-aircraft capacity.
Reports from official and unofficial sources indicated that the missing Alpha Jet was indeed shot down. What is more, Boko Harem has claimed responsibility for bringing down the fighter jet.
While evidence are sketchy, anti-aircraft capability for the insurgents may change the dynamics of the war.
Nigerian Air force is however reported to be realigning its tactics in view of recent development.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said that the Alpha fighter jet crashed Thursday evening with two crew members in Konduga council area of Borno.
The jet; marked NAF 475 crashes, 30 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital with two pilots, Flight Lieutenants John Abolarinwa and Ebiakpo Chapele.
The cause of crash and whereabouts of pilots, according to Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director of Public Relations of NAF remain unknown as on Friday (today).
He said extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as the Special Forces and ground troops of the Nigerian Army.
“At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding Thursday’s incident,” he noted, adding that they remain hopeful that the pilots would soon be identified for rescue.
Intelligence report of NAF also indicated that the Alpha Jet aircraft (NAF475) that went off radar with two crew members last Thursday could have crashed on the fringe of Sambisa Forest.
According to him, NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident of crash and missing crew members.