The Nigerian Air Force has reported that the missing NAF Alpha Jet aircraft was not shot down by Boko Haram, despite media reports that Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the plane’s disappearance.
The Nigerian Air Force issued this information in a statement on Friday night. The Air Force alleged that the Boko Haram video was “deliberately digitally altered.”
According to reports, part of the NAF statement read;
“The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to some videos being circulated on Social Media, as well as media reports drawn therefrom, alleging that the NAF Alpha Jet aircraft, which was reported missing in Borno State on 31 March 2021 after losing radar contact, was shot down by terrorists.
One of such videos, in particular, began with sporadic shooting by several terrorists, including underaged children on motorcycles and vehicles.
It later skipped abruptly to a scene depicting an aircraft exploding mid-air, supposedly as a result of enemy action. Another part of the video showed a terrorist, who, while standing by the wreckage, claimed that they had shot down the NAF aircraft.
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.”
The Nigerian Air Force went on to say that the video clip failed to demonstrate a connection between the intermittent firing, which was clearly directed at ground targets even from a distance, and the abrupt mid-air aircraft explosion.
They encouraged Nigerians to disregard the contents of the viral videos until all inquiries into the cause of the plane crash have been concluded.
Late Wednesday evening, the Nigerian Air Force announced that one of its aircraft on a mission in northern Nigeria had lost radar contact.
Boko Haram is said to have shot down a Nigerian Air Force plane in a video clip that has gone viral on social media, with the terrorists posing with the bodies of the pilots.