Developing Story: NAF Alpha Jet Goes Missing

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF has announced Thursday that one of its Alpha Jets on a mission to support ground troops in Borno, North-East Nigeria has lost radar contact

In a statement on Thursday by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the plane was “on routine mission in support of own troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the Northern part of Nigeria.”

The NAF spokesman did not disclose the number of officers on board the missing jet but the statement relased pointed out clearly that a Nigerian Air Force 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 counter-insurgency 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 several hours later but will be relayed to the public as soon as they become clear.

Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing to locate its whereabouts.

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