Hugo Kaaman, a Swedish-based analyst, has debunked the claim by Boko Haram that it shot down the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet reported missing on Wednesday.
Kaaman, an independent open-source researcher, with a heavy focus on the use of suicide vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices by armed non-state actors, in a tweet on Saturday, said the propaganda video by the terrorist group was a 2012 video showing a Syrian Air Force helicopter exploding mid-air over the town of Idlib.
He stated that the terrorist group superimposed it.
He wrote: “Boko Haram just released a video claiming it shows a NAF jet shot down by the group. Looking at the video, it appears as if the jet explodes mid-air. However, this is not true. BH took a 2012 video showing a SyAAF helicopter exploding mid-air over Idlib and superimposed it. Weak.”
Although he asserted that the jet crashed, he noted that it is still unclear as to whether it was attacked or had technical issues.
“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,” he tweeted.
Two personnel on the missing NAF Alpha jet were feared dead following reports that the aircraft had crashed at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.
NAF identified the two men as Flt Lieutenants John Abolarinwa and Ebiakpo Chapele.
Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for downing the aircraft in a viral video on Friday.
But the NAF, however, dismissed claims by the terrorist group that it gunned down the missing Alpha jet.