According to Famuyiwa, the Mi-17 helicopter was shot at severally by the insurgents, Daily Trust reports.
However, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound.
Famuyiwa said that the helicopter had departed from Maiduguri enroute the venue of the two-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents.
“Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat.
“Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of BHTs were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.
”Recall recalled that the NAF has been conducting medical outreach in the North East as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified air operations in support of Operation Rescue Finale so as to create an enabling environment for troops to undertake final onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the Sambisa forest.
According to a report from NAF headquarters, the latest air operations involve air interdiction and armed reconnaissance by NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships against Boko Haram terrorists’ camps and major hideouts.