The United States government has denied any of its nationals was on board a Nigerian Airforce helicopter which crashed Monday in Damare, Adamawa State.
The U.S. Embassy stated this in a statement, and added that it maintains a dynamic bilateral relationship with the Nigerian government in its fight against insurgency.
“We remain committed in our support to Nigeria’s efforts to stop the abhorrent actions of Boko Haram and associated terrorist groups,” the U.S. Embassy said.
The Nigerian military had confirmed that a Nigerian Air Force, NAF, helicopter with call sign, “Shark 23” on a training mission, executed a force landing four minutes after take-off in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
A witness, Baba-Bale Habu, said five foreigners were helped by residents of the crash site before an ambulance took them away.
“Before then, I saw this helicopter moving like there is problem; I did not get close but when one of the occupants of the plane, a white man dressed in Army uniform came and requested for help. I called some people who were around and we helped to bring the others,” Mr. Habu had said.
The U.S. Embassy, however, said none of its citizens was in the helicopter that crashed.