- A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission crashed on Monday, August 14
- No fewer than 36 soldiers, including two pilots and two crew members, were killed in the Niger state ambush and aircraft crash
- The Defence Headquarters confirmed the casualty figures from the terrorist attack in Wushishi local government area of the state
Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, made this disclosure while providing an update on the casualties in the ambush of troops in the northcentral state on Monday, August 14, 2023.
36 soldiers killed in Niger attack, crash
It would be recalled that an evacuation helicopter also crashed the same day.
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The breakdown of the tragedy was given at the biweekly briefing of the Defence Media Operations.
When asked about the actual cause of the helicopter crash, he restated that an investigation is still underway to determine it.
He also vowed that no group could attack its troops and go scot-free.
“No group will strike on own troops without injurious consequences.”
NAF helicopter crashes in Niger
In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the director of public relations and information for the Nigerian Air Force, the aircraft crashed at about 1 pm near Chukuba Village in Niger state.
Niger tragedy: Terrorists claim responsibility
Legit.ng also reported that members of the Dogo Gide group, one of the notorious bandits, claimed responsibility for crashing a surveillance helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force in Shiroro, Niger state.
The MI-171 helicopter, on a casualty evacuation mission, crashed in Badna, Chukuba ward, near Chukuba village on Monday, August 14.
The terrorists, in a two-minute and 17 seconds video, claimed they crashed the NAF helicopter.