A Nigerian Air Force Alpha-Jet has reportedly gone missing during a battle with Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State in the North-East.

The fighter jet went missing on Wednesday around 5pm, amidst fears that it might have been captured or shot down by the Boko Haram terrorists, who are now being aided by a more deadly faction, the Islamic State West African Province fighters.

This was confirmed in a release by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

The release states that the details about the whereabouts of the jet were still sketchy.

“A NAF Alpha-Jet has lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops.

“Details of the whereabouts of the aircraft or likely cause of contact loss are still sketchy but will be relayed to the general public as soon as they become clear. Meanwhile, search and rescue efforts are ongoing”, he added.