An army spokesman for Nigeria’s counterinsurgency operations said an investigation into the matter is ongoing.
A Nigerian soldier shot and wounded a United Nations helicopter co-pilot, then killed a humanitarian aid worker and a fellow soldier at a military base in northeastern Nigeria.
The Nigerian army announced this in a tweet on Thursday evening.
The Theater Command, Operation HADIN KAI, unfortunately has to inform the general public today about a sad event at one of our military bases. A soldier shot and killed a staff of one of the NGOs delivering humanitarian aid in the northeast… pic.twitter.com/gEhge6fYd3
– Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) November 17, 2022
The injured co-pilot has been seconded from the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to the northeast, where the army is battling armed groups such as Boko Haram and its offshoots, including the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Samson Nantip Zhakom, the army spokesman for the counterinsurgency operation, said the unnamed soldier then shot and killed an employee of one of the organizations providing humanitarian aid in the region before turning on a fellow soldier.
“Friendly forces on the ground immediately neutralized the errant personnel,” Zhakom said, adding that the injured co-pilot had been stabilized in a hospital.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the attack, but Zhakom said an investigation was underway.
UNHAS provides transportation for humanitarian workers traveling to and from the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, the epicenter of the conflict.
A witness told Reuters news agency the soldier approached a UNHAS helicopter at a military base in Damboa and opened fire on the copilot as it tried to escape. He then turned and fired at some humanitarian workers who wanted to board the helicopter.
The UNHAS said it had canceled all helicopter missions to and from the field until further notice.