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Boko Haram Releases Video, Claims It Shot Down Missing Nigeria Air Force Jet

Valentine Chinyem

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The Boko Haram sect has released a video showing the downing of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet which exploded mid-air.

The seven minutes 30 seconds-long video showed the Alpha Jet flying low over a battlefield arena with multiple Boko Haram fighters engaging in fierce and uncoordinated firefights.

The insurgents could be seen firing what was likely a heavy machine gun (anti-aircraft gun) towards the combat aircraft. Then the footage of a fireball explosion could be seen, as the Alpha Jet headed rapidly towards the ground.

Fighters subsequently moved to the area of the crash and began removing components of the aircraft and the pilots’ personal belongings.

The video also showed a masked fighter armed with a belt-fed machine gun standing on the aircraft debris, speaking both in Arabic and English.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Air Force earlier in the day, released the names of the missing pilots as Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele.

The air force also questioned the authenticity of the video, saying it was doctored by the sect.