by AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Air Force Agusta helicopter has intercepted two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The helicopter was on armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director of Public Relations & Information at the Nigerian Air Force, said the trailers were covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.
He pointed out that the recent air operation against the terrorist was commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, from the Air Force reconnaissance aircraft, the King Air 350i.
The CAS coordinated the various NAF platforms involved in the operation to provide close air support to ground forces, led by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, as they advance from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala.
Meanwhile, NAF 260, a Mi-24V attack helicopter was hit during the operation.
One of the main rotor blades was hit and damaged however the pilot was able to successfully fly the helicopter back to base to land.
The affected aircraft had since been repaired and is back to the theatre of operation, Alonge said.
– CAJ News