Boko Haram attacks Nigerian Air Force helicopter, injures airman

A Nigerian Air Force helicopter
A Nigerian Air Force helicopter

The Boko Haram launched an attack on a Nigerian Air Force helicopter on Wednesday injuring an airman, an official has said.

Ayodele Famuyiwa, a Group Captain and Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, confirmed the attack in a statement to PREMIUM TIMES.

“The Mi-17 helicopter was shot at severally by the insurgents however there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound,” he said.

Mr. Famuyiwa said the helicopter was “conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza” when it was attacked 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 the insurgents.

“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.

The military’s counter-attack led to the death of scores of Boko Haram members, the spokesperson said.

Mr. Famuyiwa said the outreach in Gwoza was part of the Air Force’s medical outreach in the north-east as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons.

Isolated attacks by Boko Haram on soldiers and civilians have continued despite the insurgents losing a large chunk of the territory they once controlled to the Nigerian military.

About 100,000 people have died since the insurgency began in 2009, according to the Borno State government.


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  • Spoken word

    well done NAF

  • Marshal Johnson

    The airforce would have bombed innocent civilian villages again saying they killed “scores” of Boko haram in counter attack. That is if the attack took place at all.
    Which Boko haram will attack a helicopter and the helicopter escapes with damages and they remain in the same exact spot for so long that the alleged counter attack will kill “scores” of Boko haram?

    Shebi una see the type of expired-lies-soup this government feeds us in Nigeria?

    • Abatan

      I don’t really blame you because your utterances are act of ignorance. A fighter helicopter can survive any kind of attack except when it is being shot at it it’s tail rotor or main rotor. If it’s being shot at the body, the control surfaces are not affected. Thereby allowing it to escape the attack.Nigerian Air Force are professional in what dey do. Read on Act of War to know better.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        @Ismail Jamal .The Marshal Johnson dude i believe made some Black humour comments about Bombing of civilians (Black humour, also called black comedy, writing that juxtaposes morbid or ghastly elements with comical ones that underscore the senselessness or futility of life. Black humour often uses farce and low comedy to make clear that individuals are helpless victims of fate and character.) Now about the Airforce Claims of returning to bomb those guys. Well i know i have faced insurgence before the PDP had even spent 4 years in office. Our Birds in Afghanistan have come under attack like this many times. 90% of the time fast movers and HOGS that return to the scene meet no insurgents there. Makes you wonder how long it took the attacked NAF chopper to get back to base, how long it took the Fighter pilots to mobilize and head back to that location. By that time those insurgents are long gone because they know whats coming next. Maybe if NAF had said they flew a surveillance mission to track them and after 15 minutes etc they found the group that attacked the Heli and Bombvayarge their asses. That makes more sense.

    • Ismail Jamal

      You see how u are exhibiting your ignorance in public? Simply because your sentiments will not allow you to be objective and sincere. Do you think everybody is a failed project like you? Those men, whose efforts you fail to acknowledge have been in the front line of fire for the sake of their country. As usual, like many of your types, you cannot contribute anything to nation building, yet you insult the patriotism of others. Its because you have been enjoying some peace away from the troubled zone, that’s why u cannot hide your shame and ignorance. Pitiable lot

  • Otile

    This story sounds so quackish and pretentious. Take it with pinch of salt.

    • Ismail Jamal

      Ol boy, u still dey write trash? Shame go catch all of una

      • Otile

        You see why I don’t like government propagandists. Truth stands on its own and doesn’t need people like to prop it up. Go figure.

      • Otile

        doesn’t need people like you to prop…

        • Ismail Jamal

          Na u sabi. I am a Nigerian, I appreciate the efforts of those on the front line fighting to keep their fellow country men safe, that does not make me a govt propagandist. When people like you choose to doubt every effort of individuals to make the country better, then we have a problem. I don’t have to tow your line of reasoning, especially when its based on sentiments and Pre determined mindset. You have no idea about the workings of the military, so, I don’t expect you to understand. If you have a brother or even a friend who is fighting the war against terror, you wouldn’t dare write such a comment. There are people in this country, who love their jobs and their father land. Keep an open mind, you don’t know more than the rest of us.

          • Otile

            We want peace not war. Bully for those of you that glorify war and killing for you will end up being killed and destroyed. Peace is better than violence. I am a peace loving Christian man, you are a warmongering Islamist, your ways are not mine. Separation is the answer.

  • Rommel

    Russian choppers are noted for their ruggedity,can take small arms hits just like this

    • Ismail Jamal

      My brother, tell them. Some people here have no idea about military warfare, but are blinded by ethnic and religious sentiments. So bad that, they forget to hide their ignorance.

      • Otile

        We don’t want war. Keep your knowledge of war to yourselves. When your boko haram brothers annihilate you all then you apply your superior knowledge of war and killing. Bloodthirsty Muslims.

        • Ismail Jamal

          Thanks. Though I was only responding to Rommel but since u don follow me come here, make I forgive u before u die of self inflicted fear.

          • Otile

            You are right. I am afraid of your boko haram fighters, you are not, I am afraid of suicide bombers, you are not. Drink burukutu with your brother Rommel and leave me in peace.

  • LionHeart

    They told us that Boko Haram has been defeated. If they can attempt to shoot down a military helicopter in Borno, Are Boko Haram memebers resurrecting? Are they multiplying? Why can’t the Federal Government tell us the truth?

  • King Dave

    My problem is how can these local people be attacking our trained soldiers all the time

    • Otile

      The answer is, they want your soldiers to leave them alone. Nigeria is not one country, get it, and go.