Suspect Boko Haram Attack Military Helicopter In Borno

Suspect Boko Haram Attack Military Helicopter In Borno

By HASSAN JIRGI, Maiduguri

Suspected terrorists have opened fire on a military helicopter belonging to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in a deadly attack.

According to sources, the pilot and co-pilot were the only ones onboard and were able to land the aircraft successfully unhurt.

The militants were said to have used “sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and GPMG” during the attack on the helicopter last Thursday.

Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, formerly known as Jamä’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad have been ferocious in recent years, attacking civilians, government buildings and military formations.

According to a 2021 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), insurgency had claimed the lives of nearly 350,000 people as of the end of 2020.

However, the Nigerian Army has repeatedly assured that the military is winning the battle against the terrorists, while they keep intensifying efforts to bring an end to the menace.

AljazirahNigeria learnt that the MNJTF is a combined multinational military formation from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria with headquarters in N’Djamena and a mandate to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the countries.

The force is structured in four national sectors: Sector 1 (Cameroon) headquartered at Mora; Sector 2 (Chad) headquartered at Baga-Sola; Sector 3.

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