Boko Haram claims it shot down missing NAF fighter jet
Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet that went missing earlier this week, according to a video released on Friday.
The Abubakar Shekau-led faction of the terror group said it shot down the jet.
The Nigerian military had suspected that the Alpha jet may have crashed when it lost radar contact on Wednesday while it was on a mission to support troops fighting militants in north-eastern Borno state.
The new video, which could not be verified by AFP, was released on a Boko Haram social media channel showing a militant standing on what the group claims is the wreckage of the jet. It shows the Nigerian flag and number NAF 475 on its fuselage.
“Nigeria air force jet fighter… was sent to Sambisa to fight the Mujahideen,” the militant said.
The Nigerian Air Force in a statement on Friday, said the jet may have crashed. It said the whereabouts of the two crew onboard were unknown.
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“Search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on ground.
“At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It however remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued,” its statement said.