In what is quite possibly one of the strangest pieces of combat footage I have ever personally published, a Nigerian AW109 randomly fires missiles at a group of Nigerian cow thieves.
I don't know if this one should be labeled as combat, or as humor. On the one hand, it is a Nigerian gunship shooting missiles at what I guess are legitimate military targets. On the other hand, the Nigerian Airforce has a strange idea of when it's a good time to expend munitions. I can't label it as both combat and humor... and considering I don't think any bad guys or cows were harmed in the filming of this particular airstrike, and they decided Battlefield music should be overlapping with the footage, I guess I'll just label it as humor?
Should we call this the Nigerian Missile Crisis video? I don't know. This whole thing has got me perplexed. For perspective, what you're looking at is one of the Nigerian Airforce's brand new AW109s. They've been acquiring that specific airframe for about three years now, and two by two, they've built up a considerable number of them. Who made the decision to utilize a gunship to stop cow thieves though? That one's beyond me, considering the fuel required to get this aircraft over the cows was easily worth more than the entire lot of cows the thieves have stolen.
Maybe someone from Africa can help give me a little bit better perspective here. Are armed cow thieves part of some sort of terror faction in Nigeria that's causing a lot of damage to the economy? Maybe the description of the video was poorly done, and these are actually Boko Haram fighters? If they're Boko Haram cow thieves, then I suppose this makes sense.
Let me know down in the comments guys. I feel like maybe I'm the one that's out of the loop right now.