A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter on a medical outreach to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Gwoza was reportedly attacked by some Boko Haram militants during which an airman was injured.  However, it was discovered that a large number of the insurgents who attacked the Mi-17 helicopter were repelled by the soldiers and many of them died in an air strike.

“Our helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza came under attack by members of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at several times by the insurgents. However, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound, ” said NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Group, Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.

“Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat. Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of the terrorists were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.”

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