A Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet involved in the war against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has lost radar contact in Borno State.
Speaking on Thursday in a statement, NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, say the incident happened on Wednesday evening.
He said search and rescue efforts were ongoing to recover the jet and its undisclosed number of occupants.
In the statement titled, ‘Nigerian Air Force Alpha-Jet Loses Radar Contact’, he said, “A Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops. The mission was part of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North East. The loss of radar contact occurred at about 5:08 pm on 31 March 2021.
“Details of the whereabout of the aircraft or likely cause of contact loss are still sketchy but will be relayed to the general public as soon as they become clear. Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing.”