Boko Haram shot down an attack jet of the Nigerian Air Force [video]

ABUJA, (BM) – The terrorist group that rules in Nigeria Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad (JAS) or better known as Boko Haram, has confirmed its units shot down a light attack aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force.

The downed plane is French-made Dassault Alpha Jet. The Nigerian Air Force also confirmed the news, saying it lost contact with the aircraft on March 31. The aircraft was on a mission – it provided air support for an ongoing ground military operation.

Boko Haram distributed a video of the plane’s downing in one of its profiles in the mobile communication chat channel Telegram. The footage shows the flight, the moment of impact, and the wreckage of the plane.

There is still speculation as to what weapon the plane was shot down with. Military experts offer two options – a portable anti-aircraft missile system and or heavy machine guns. Boko Haram is known to be a well-armed terrorist group and has both possible weapons.

The fate of the two pilots on the plane is still unknown. The Nigerian Air Force is conducting a search operation. “Extensive search and rescue efforts are still ongoing by NAF surveillance aircraft as well as NAF Special Forces and Nigerian Army troops on the ground,” an air force spokesman said. “At this point, the NAF is not ruling out anything regarding the incident. It, however, remains hopeful that the crew would soon be found and rescued.” 

Boko Haram jihadist terrorist organization

The Islamic State in West Africa or Islamic State’s West Africa Province, formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram, is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger, and northern Cameroon.

2019 saw the further decline of Boko Haram and the loss of much of the territory it once reportedly controlled.

Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, the group has been led by Abubakar Shekau since 2009. When Boko Haram first formed, their actions were nonviolent. Their main goal was to purify Islam in northern Nigeria.

Since March 2015, the group has been aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Since the current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was at one time the world’s deadliest terror group according to the Global Terrorism Index.

After its founding in 2002, Boko Haram’s increasing radicalization led to the suppression operation by the Nigerian military forces and the summary execution of its leader Mohammed Yusuf in July 2009.

Following a mass prison break in September 2010, its unexpected resurgence was accompanied by increasingly sophisticated attacks, initially against soft targets, but progressing in 2011 to include suicide bombings of police buildings and the United Nations office in Abuja.

The government’s establishment of a state of emergency at the beginning of 2012, extended in the following year to cover the entire northeast of Nigeria, led to increased security force waves of abuse and militant attacks.

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