NAF confirms missing alpha jet, says ‘search and rescue mission’ underway

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The Nigerian Air Force has confirmed that its alpha fighter jet has gone missing in the insurgency ravaged Borno State in North-East Nigeria.

Director of Air Force Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement on Thursday morning said contact was lost with the jet at about 5:08 pm on Wednesday..

He said the jet was on an interdiction mission in support of ground troops.

” A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops,” he said.

“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 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 come “.

He, however, assured that search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

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