Armed insurgents and criminal groups operating in North West Nigeria on Wednesday downed a chopper belonging to the Nigeria Police, the police public relations office confirmed on Wednesday.
ACP Frank Mba, head of the public relations unit said this in a signed statement.
He said the terrorist attacked the police using sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and General-Purpose Machine Gun, GPMG, during an operation by the police.
It read in part: “Unfortunately, during the operation, a Police Bell helicopter, which provided aerial and intelligence cover for the ground troops came under attack from the bandits using sophisticated anti-aircraft rifles and GPMG.
“Commendably, the pilot and the co-pilot who demonstrated uncommon courage and expertise, successfully landed the aircraft at the Air Force Base, Kaduna without further incident.
“They were thereafter evacuated for medical treatment. Both officers who sustained non-life threatening injuries are currently receiving treatment and are in stable condition.
“The Police helicopter has since been flown out of the Kaduna Air Force Base by Police Pilots en-route to Abuja.”
Mba added the raid was conducted by the Special Operatives of Operation Puff Adder of the Nigeria Police Force, backed by the Special Forces of the Police Airwing.
The attack came days after President Muhammadu Buhari announced airstrike against bandits in Northwest.