Nigerian Army denies knowing the beheaded pilot, in new Boko Haram video
Boko Haram released a video yesterday, in which they beheaded a man they claimed was “the pilot” of the “missing fighter Jet”.The military has doubts that the man killed was actually one of their pilots.
A spokesman for the Nigerian military, Air Commodore Dele Alonge told AFP:
The man shown in the Boko Haram video is not our officer. The picture of a man beheaded in the video is superimposed, he said without elaborating. Our plane is still missing and we are looking for it. Boko Haram is just making unfounded claims.
A military source also told the Nation….
Experts are doing forensic analysis of Boko Haram to ascertain whether it was a make-believe or there were really encounters between the pilots and the insurgents. The alleged claim of beheading of the pilot was part of the video clip purportedly released by Boko Haram on Thursday. We are in receipt of the ‘gory’ clip. We are studying every bit of it in line with military ethics. Do not forget that there might also be an element of propaganda on the part of the insurgents. The video clip has a tint of psychological warfare, but the military is undaunted.The report on the last minutes of the pilots indicated that they had completed their assignment.
They had their last successful assignment in seized areas in Adamawa State. Something was wrong while returning to base. This is what we are looking at.So, they had a successful outing on that day. This is why the military had considered the likelihood of the jet being shot by Boko Haram as ‘remote.’These pilots were among the best in the Air Force; they were always willing to go to the war front even when others were a bit sceptical of the weather or mode of operation. They were thorns in the flesh of the insurgents and they accounted for many successful air strikes we have recorded.
We have retrieved communication data to know whether the plane got missing because of mechanical challenge or otherwise.”
Posted on October 4, 2014, in Boko Haram, latest news, Nigeria, security, Terrorism and tagged Air Commodore, Beheaded, boko haram, Dele Alonge, denies, fighter Jet, Missing, Nigerian army, Pilot, spokesman, video. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.