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A Nigerian Air Force Alpha jet crashed on Monday at Dargol, near Niamey, killing the two pilots, according to a Defence Headquarters statement issued in Abuja.
The statement signed by Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information, said the aircraft was on a non-combat mission when it crashed. It said the Alpha jet was one of the four based in Niamey as part of the African-led Support Mission in Mali. It stated that an investigation had begun “to unravel the circumstances that led to the accident”, adding that details would be made known as soon as the families of the pilots had been informed.