Conflicting experiences had emerged in Nigeria over the video of a downed airplane, after the nation’s air pressure disputed claims from Boko Haram that its militants shot down a jet.
Boko Haram launched a seven-minute video Friday, displaying the Nigerian Alpha jet flying above its fighters. Then there’s a mid-air explosion.
When analyzed intently, nonetheless, the explosion features a skinny smoke path instantly above the airplane — at odds with its trajectory. The smoke path and the form and colour of the fireball are equivalent to a mid-air explosion of a helicopter over the Syrian metropolis of Ma’arrat al-Nu’man, close to Idlib, in 2012.
The video clip, revealed by the SITE Intelligence Group and circulating throughout Nigerian media, reveals a number of fighters capturing into the air earlier than a blast lights up the sky as a airplane ignites into flames and falls to the bottom. The clip then cuts to fighters standing round what seems to be the wreckage of the jet.
The video was not picked up by official ISIS retailers. Boko Haram is an ISIS affiliate.
The footage reveals a airplane with the inscription “NAF 475,” the identical ID for the plane which the Nigerian Air Force reported as going off radar Wednesday with two pilots.
Military analysts mentioned Boko Haram is just not recognized to own the form of weapons that would shoot down a fast-flying jet at altitude, similar to ground-to-air missiles. Video of the wreckage additionally signifies that a lot of it was present in a confined space, which might be inconsistent with a mid-air explosion.
“It is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down” when it was “obviously an air accident,” the NAF mentioned in a press release posted on Facebook Friday.
The NAF referred to as the edited clip “false propaganda” and urged Nigerians “to ignore the contents of the videos making the rounds until all investigations as to how the aircraft crashed are completed.”
The NAF reported the airplane lacking on Wednesday, with two pilots on board.
A spokesperson instructed CNN Thursday the fighter jet had been deployed close to Borno State in northeastern Nigeria to offer air help to floor troops, who have been underneath fireplace from Boko Haram fighters earlier than radar contact was misplaced.
“The cause of the crash as well as the whereabouts of the 2 pilots remain unknown. The pilots are Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa and Flight Lieutenant Ebiakpo Chapele,” the NAF mentioned earlier Friday.
The video at one level reveals a charred physique. Then individually it reveals what seems to be a patch laying on the bottom, displaying John Abolarinwa’s identify.
Boko Haram has elevated assaults towards the Nigerian navy because it tries to regain management of misplaced territories in pockets of the nation’s northeast.
Frequent air raids by the Nigerian navy have continued to rattle the insurgents — dislodging them from their hideouts.