A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter carrying personnel on medical outreach was on Thursday attacked by members of the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
The helicopter it was gathered, was traveling from Maiduguri to Gwoza a local government in Borno State for a 2-day medical outreach programme when it came under attack.
Confirming the attack, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said 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
“Nevertheless, he added, 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.
The military’s counter-attack led to the death of scores of Boko Haram members, the spokesperson said.