By: Babagana Bukar Wakil
The Nigerian Army said in a statement that one of its members shot and injured a helicopter co-pilot from the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the north east, where the military is battling an Islamist insurgency.
Army spokesman for the anti-insurgency operation Samson Nantip Zhakom said the unnamed soldier then shot and killed a worker from one of the organisations providing humanitarian support in the region before turning on a fellow soldier.
He said the troops on the ground immediately neutralized the errant personnel.
Zhakom also said “The injured co-pilot has been stabilized while the corpses of the deceased have been moved to the 7 Division Hospital and investigations were underway.
UNHAS provides transport to humanitarian workers who travel to and from Maiduguri city, the capital of Borno state.
A witness told reporters that the soldier approached a UNHAS helicopter inside a military base in Damboa and opened fire at the co-pilot, who tried to escape. He then turned and fired towards some humanitarian workers who wanted to board the helicopter.
The UNHAS said it had suspended all helicopter mission to and from the field until further notice.