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Nigerian officers killed in helicopter mishap in Borno State

Nigerian officers killed in helicopter mishap in Borno State

Nigeria

<p>Five officers of the Nigerian Airforce, <span class="caps">NAF</span>, died in an accident in the northeastern Borno State whiles engaged in anti-terrorism combat.</p> <p><span class="caps">NAF</span> reported on Wednesday evening that it had lost a helicopter in combat, whiles the officers were providing air support for troops on the ground in the town of Damasak in Borno.</p> <p>“The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. The incident, occurred about 7:45 pm today, 2 January 2019,” the statement read in part.</p> <p>In an update of the incident, <span class="caps">NAF</span>’s Director of Public Relations said five officers who were aboard the Mi-35M helicopter were lost. </p> <p>“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of the 5 crew members who were on board the Nigerian Air Force (<span class="caps">NAF</span>) Mi-35M Helicopter which crashed in combat yesterday, 2 January 2019, while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno State.” </p> <p>The statement also confirmed that the Chief of Air Staff had flown to Maiduguri today, 3 January 2019, to convey the condolences of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari, to personnel of the Air Task Force Operation <span class="caps">LAFIYA</span> <span class="caps">DOLE</span> (Peace by all means) over the unfortunate loss.</p> <p>Operation Lafiya Dole is the main anti-terrorism combat aiming to root out the activities of Boko Haram and other insurgent groups in the restive region.</p> <p><em>The deceased personnel, whose remains have been recovered to Maiduguri, capital of Borno State are:</em></p> <p>a. Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob – Pilot in Command.<br /> b. Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas – Co-Pilot.<br /> c. Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim – Flight Technician.<br /> d. Lance Corporal Adamu Nura – Gunner.<br /> e. Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael – Gunner.</p>
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