The deadly Boko Haram terrorist group has claimed responsibility for shoting down a Nigerian Force Ari Force jet (NAF475) in Borno State.
The jet was reportely deployed against the deadly group, but it however lost contact with radar on Wednesday evening.
The sect released a seven minutes, thirty seconds video footage of the jet and one of the dead pilot.
In the video, a masked member of the sect climed the destroyed jet, with his gun in his hand, and said; “The Nigerian Air Force jet fighter with plate number 475 was sent to Sambisa to fight the Mujahideen.
“There’s no one that can fight God. This is the evidence of what God has done. There’s no way you will fight his people and this will not happen. The only way for you now is to repent. That’s the only way out,” he said in impeccable English.
The Nigerian Air Force in its reaction however alleged that the video released by the sect was doctored.
Edward Gabkwet, the spokesman for the Air Force, said that the Boko Haram terrorists were not capable of bringing down the jet.
“Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down.”
“For instance, the video clip failed to show the correlation between the sporadic shooting, which even from casual observation was obviously aimed at ground targets, and the sudden mid-air aircraft explosion.
“In addition, it is almost impossible for an aircraft to have exploded mid-air, in the manner depicted in the video, and still have a good part of its fuselage, including its tail, intact. Indeed, an explosive impact of that nature would have scattered the debris of the aircraft across several miles.
“It is obvious that the Boko Haram sect, in its characteristic manner of employing false propaganda, is seeking to claim credit for what was obviously an air accident that could have been caused by several other reasons; particularly at a time when the capability of the group to inflict mayhem has been significantly degraded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” he said.
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