A fighter jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost contact with radar in Borno state while on a mission to provide support for troops on the ground fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
This was disclosed in a statement by the NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, on Thursday.
He explained that the whereabouts of the jet is unknown, but a search effort is in progress.
The statement reads:
“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops.
“The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. The loss of radar contact occurred at about 5:08 pm on 31 March 2021.
“Details of the whereabouts of the aircraft or likely cause of contact loss are still sketchy but will be relayed to the general public as soon as they become clear.
“Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing.”