Nigeria’s Helicopter crashes in Boko Haram fight
A helicopter being used to fight against Boko Haram has crashed in north-eastern Nigeria, the country’s air force says.
The cause of the crash is not yet known, but a spokesman says the aircraft was supporting ground troops against militants in the Damasak area which borders Niger.
The Nigerian military has recently intensified air and ground operations in the region in response to an increase in deadly attacks by Boko Haram and fighters loyal to the Islamic State group – mainly targeting military positions.
Dozens of Nigerian soldiers have been killed and their weapons seized in such attacks in recent months.