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A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft on a routine mission in northern Nigeria has gone missing.

The spokesperson to the NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet disclosed this in a short statement on Wednesday night.

According to the statement, the aircraft was supporting troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the Northern part of the country.

“A NAF aircraft on routine mission in support of own troops at one of the Theatres of Operation in the Northern part of Nigeria has lost radar contact. Efforts are currently ongoing to locate its where about. Details to follow,” he said in a tweet.

More details are however yet to be provided since the incident.

The Armed Forces of Nigeria have numerous Theatres of Operation combating Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast region.

The missing plane incident happens just weeks after a NAF Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed on Sunday, February 21 in Abuja.

The aircraft crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport after reporting engine failure en route Minna.

All seven of the NAF personnel on board the aircraft died.

The NAF personnel who died in that crash were: Haruna Gadzama, Henry Piyo, Micheal Okpara, Bassey Etim, Olasunkanmi Olawumi, Ugochukwu Oluka and Adewale Johnson.

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