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Boko Haram: No Helicopter Was Shot Down In Borno – Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has debunked reports that a helicopter was shot down by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State on Tuesday.

Some media outfits (Aledeh News not included) had reported that a helicopter was shot down by the insurgents in Bama Local Government Area of the state, leaving five passengers dead.

But in a tweet, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the reports are untrue.

He said a United Nations (UN) helicopter indeed undertook a mission to Banki on Tuesday but has since returned to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

“No helicopter was shot down. No helicopter crashed in Borno State today,” he tweeted.

“A UN helicopter indeed undertook a mission to Banki & has since returned to Maiduguri.”

The UN’s office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has also debunked the reports.

It said none of its helicopters crashed or was hit on Tuesday.

“Contrarily to ongoing rumours, no UN helicopter was hit nor crashed today in north-east Nigeria.
Please refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information. Thank you,” the office tweeted.

Aledeh News understands the helicopter developed a technical fault mid-air and made an emergency landing.

It was gathered that the technical fault was fixed and the helicopter returned safely returned to Maiduguri.

One of the newspapers, Daily Trust, has retracted, saying it was misled by a source, a humanitarian worker in the area.

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