FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza came under attack early today by members of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) group.
Air Force spokesman, Group Captain, Ayodele Famuyiwa, in a statement said the Mi-17 helicopter was shot at severally by the insurgents.
The helicopter had departed from Maiduguri enroute the venue of the 2-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by Boko Haram.
Continuing he said, “Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination to enable the outreach programme continue uninterrupted.
“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 BHTs were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.
“Recall that the NAF has been conducting medical outreach in the North East as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons.
“The latest of this effort was in Gwoza. This follows a similar effort undertaken recently for IDPs in Lagos area”.