On Sturday the Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of a Brigadier General in a recent attack by Islamic State West Africa Province in the Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Brig General Onyeama Nwachukwu, says the troops of the Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI neutralized several ISWAP members during the clash which was still ongoing as at the time the statement was released.
“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.”the statement read.
Nwachukwu, in the statement, also noted that the military had deployed five A – Jet, two A-29, two Dragon combat with which they destroyed nine gun trucks and one armoured personnel carrier of the terrorists.
He added that the battle was still on at the time he filed the statement.
According to the reports, killing of the Brigadier General and three other soldiers in the attack on a military base in Borno State.