World news – Airplane crashes in Nigeria as part of the hijacking rescue operation


The cause of the accident is still unknown, but officials said the pilot reported an engine failure.

Seven people aboard a military plane died in a crash near the Nigerian capital Abuja on Sunday, the spokesman said of the country’s air force.

The plane was supposed to be on a surveillance mission in connection with an operation to rescue dozens of people kidnapped on Wednesday from a school in the nearby state of Niger.

Armed men who were before Place known as « bandits » have killed a student and captured 42 people, including 27 students, three teachers and relatives of school staff, officials said in the country’s recent mass kidnapping.

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the security forces to do so Rescuing kidnap victims, and the army and police said they were going after the gang.

The plane that crashed on Sunday « was supposed to be surveillance Carry out missions across the state of Niger and the surrounding area in connection with the concerted effort to free the students / staff, « said spokesman Ibikunle Daramola in a statement.

The cause of the accident is still unknown, but officials said the pilot reported an engine failure.

« The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i plane crashed while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting an engine failure, » Daramola said.

On social Videos posted by the media showed water cannons being used to put out the flames at the crime scene while large numbers of spectators crowded in.

« We should keep calm. & awaits the outcome of the military investigation, « Hadi said in a tweet.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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