Reacting to a video released by the Boko Haram faction Friday, the Nigerian Air Force has denied claims suggesting that its fighter jet declared missing on Wednesday was downed by insurgents in Borno State.
True or false?
That seems to be the question surrounding the new video, released Saturday by the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram faction, claiming that the fighter group has shot down the Nigerian Airforce Alpha Jet NAF475.
In the video, it appears as if the jet explodes mid-air.
According to the Nigerian Air Force, multiple parts of the clips were doctored to spread fake news.
“Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give a false impression that the aircraft was shot down,” the Director of Public Relations and Information said.
The Nigerian government has yet to verify the crash, reported by local and foreign media. And the NAF also said to be trying to verify the authenticity. But suspicions have already surfaced. Boko Haram terrorist group took a 2012 video showing a SyAAF helicopter exploding mid-air over adlib and superimposed it.
One Independent researcher, via a microblogging Twitter website, has said that Friday’s video released by the fighter was fake.
Friday’s video is the second purportedly released by Boko Haram. In both cases, questions have been raised about their authenticity.
The first video, posted Tuesday, December 15th 2020, showed the Islamist extremist group’s leader Abubakar Shekau claiming responsibility for the abduction of hundreds of schoolboys in northern Katsina State. – In another video boys were with another group of terrorists.
In exchange for the men’s lives, the group demanded a N30 million ransom from the Nigerian government by Friday.
Just to be clear, the jet really crashed. It’s unclear whether this was due to hostile fire or technical issues. The wreckage can be seen in the same Boko Haram video. This video merely highlights Boko Haram’s fake footage of the shootdown itself
Calibre Obscura, Arms Research & occasional effort poster, analyzed Friday’s video.
What he said:
- “Nigeria After the disappearance of a NAF Alpha Jet on March 31st, video from Boko Haram (JAS) has been released of the jet flying, trailing smoke, exploding, then falling in flames.
- Deceptively edited- unclear what caused the crash. I’d say HMG/cannon fire or mechanical issues.
- Whatever precisely transpired the aircraft certainly came down over an area controlled by JAS or one that they could operate in.
- Note here the number (475) repeated in English by the JAS fighter and in Pic3 the Alpha Jet in happier times.