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5 dead as Boko Haram shoot down helicopter in Borno State

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A helicopter traveling over the airspace of Borno has reportedly been shot down by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

The incident is said to have occurred at 10 am on Tuesday around Banki, a border community in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. 

The helicopter is believed to be have been owned by a Nigerien airliner.

Borno is the Nigerian state most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency which has caused tens of thousands of deaths since 2009.

A source familiar with the incident said five people had died reports Premium Times. 

“It was a helicopter with Nigerien details that was shot down this morning, and about five people died,” a source in the area, who is a humanitarian worker, said.

“It happened near Banki town and the military there had moved to the scene,” the source said.

The source, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation by his organisation, said he was not sure if the passengers onboard the chopper were military or aid workers.

This incident happened just days after the UN authorities had given a temporary no flying order to all local helicopter services in the northern areas of Borno following a fierce gunfight between soldiers and armed opposition groups on Thursday, November 11.

Recall in July this year, a helicopter conveying aid to parts of northern Borno was hit by a bullet that almost led to the loss of the lives of those on board.

Meanwhile former minister for aviation, Femi Fani Kayode has reacted to the report as he called out the president on twitter.

See tweet below 

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