Brigadier-General, Three Soldiers Killed By ISWAP In Borno

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This was announced in a statement issued by Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, on Saturday.

According to the army, Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkusu and the three soldiers, who were part of troops of Joint Task Force, North East Operation Hadin Kai, were killed while they engaged ISWAP fighters in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

The statement partly read: “A gallant senior officer, Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, and three soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they provided reinforcement in a counteroffensive against the terrorists, and successfully defended the location. The family of the senior officer and soldiers have been contacted.

“The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya deeply commiserates with the families and relations of the fallen heroes. He has also directed that the troops continue in the ferrocious counter offensive and hot pursuit to eliminate the remnant of the fleeing terrorists.”

Nwachukwu stated that the battle was still on at the time he filed the statement.

“In the fierce encounter which is still raging as at the time of filing this report, troops supported by the Air Component of OPHK have destroyed five A – Jet combat trucks, two A-29 artillery weapons, two dragon combat vehicles and nine gun trucks,” the statement added.

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