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Airforce Declares Murtala Mohammed Airport was never attacked by terrorists; Operation Thunderbolt happened more than 2 years ago.

Re: Murtala Mohammed International Airport Not Under Attack

The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to a video clip currently circulating on various social media platforms purportedly showing a terrorist attack at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja Lagos.

The NAF wishes to state categorically that MMIA was not and has never been under any attack.

The video being circulated shows an airport security simulation exercise, tagged Exercise Thunderbolt, which took place on 8 November 2016, over 2 years ago.

The exercise was aimed at practicing NAF personnel and other security agencies at MMIA on actions to be taken in the event of an attack on the Airport.

The general public is therefore advised to disregard the video and also endeavor to refrain from sharing or uploading unverified videos, pictures or articles so as not to cause panic.

The NAF wishes to assure all local and international travelers that our airports remain safe and that they can go about their travels without any fear.

Ibikunle Daramola
Air Commodore, Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force

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