Federal Nigerian anti-aircraft fire shot down an aircraft over Lagos today (Saturday) while it was on a bombing mission for the breakaway eastern region of Biafra.
wreckage bombed house; wreckage aircraft.
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Background: Federal Nigerian anti-aircraft fire shot down an aircraft over Lagos today (Saturday) while it was on a bombing mission for the breakaway eastern region of Biafra. The aircraft dropped several bombs and damaged two buildings before it was shot down. Eight crew members -- four Africans and four whites -- were killed.
The mangled bodies of the dead crew members were scattered over a wide area. The white men included at least one mercenary, but it was not certain whether any of the others were Nigerian, or where the aircraft had flown from.
One bomb dropped from the aircraft destroyed a shop at the western end of Lagos Island and another hit an office building. Two Nigerians on the ground were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Debris from the exploding aircraft was scattered over several hundred yards (metres) but the main wreckage splashed into Lagos Lagoon.
It was the second air raid against Lagos since the civil war between federal Nigeria and secessionist Biafra began early in July.