Helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force crashed today Monday in the Shiroro district of Niger State (Midwest).

According to military sources, gunmen opened fire on the helicopter which was on a mission to evacuate victims of Sunday’s deadly ambush by suspected jihadists, killing 26 soldiers and wounding eight others.

The Mi-171 military helicopter crashed near the village of Tsukuba, Nigerian Air Force spokesman Edward Gabkwet said. without specifying whether there were any casualties among the passengers.

The Nigerian state where the helicopter crashed is located hundreds of kilometers from Niamey, the capital of Niger, where a military coup took place last month.

Boko Haram and Islamic State jihadists in West Africa they frequently launch attacks against civilians in northern Nigeria, and have spread their activities to neighboring countries such as Niger, Chad and Cameroon.