NewsRescue; Updated Jan 301, 2015
It appears the Nigerian army has crashed a newly purchased drone “engaged in fighting Boko Haram.”
An armed drone crashed in Dumge village in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State this afternoon.
Dumge is about 30kms North-East of Maiduguri.
Nigeria’s military which has a record of numerous crashes of air vehicles has refused to comment.
A lack of ability of the military to properly use and secure sophisticated equipment has been cited as a reason the united States is refusing Nigeria purchase sophisticated equipment it says Nigeria does not need to defeat Boko Haram.
This happened “coincidentally” the same day that a drone evaded security and crash landed in the White House.
The drone that landed in Borno today was armed with rockets and a full military drone.
NewsRescue has been unable to verify more on this suspicious drone as we received the reports from our secret sources who got the images and reports but lack significant capacity to pry deep.
This full size, 20 feet wing span military drone must be operated from a military base, possibly in a neighboring nation.
The drone according to Beegeagle’s Blog is an ARMED Chinese-built CH-3 UACV, possibly recently acquired by the Nigerian army.
Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki has said in UK last week that Chad has links with Boko Haram leadership.
Armed drones of this nature cost upwards of $400,000.
Maiduguri, capital of Borno state was just attacked Sunday by Boko Haram terrorists in an attacks analysts describe as as a diversion, while the terrorists captured Monguno (population 100,000), 85 kilometers northward of Maiduguri, seizing a military barracks and the ammunition held.
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Mafa is between Boko Haram captured Monguno and Maiduguri.
Drones and jets and choppers have been reported used by Boko Haram against the Nigerian army and Civilian-JTF in recent attacks including the attack that saw over 2500 killed in Muslim predominant Baga and Doro towns at the border with Chad.
Armed drones of this nature are sophisticated war equipment, piloted and operated by skilled operators in control centers. This find brings new extremely troubling dimensions to the Boko Haram terror and insurgency war against Nigeria. It further confirms the invasion being a foreign campaign.
We have yet been unable to get a reaction from the Nigerian military.
This news is highly sensitive and being further investigated. Please stay tuned…
Pictures of Dumge drone
Pictures taken by Hassan Mustapha