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July 22, 2014
Nigeria air force helicopter crashes in restive region
Abuja (AFP) July 21, 2014
A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents. "One of the pilots of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission... has been recovered alive while the second one as well as the technician on board the 3-member crew flight died in the crash," defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said. The re ... read more

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