- Troops of the Nigerian Army dealt with ISWAP terrorists in Askira Uba LGA, Borno state, killing some of them and destroying their equipment on Saturday, November 13
- However, in the gun duel, the troops also lost a Brigadier-General, Dzarma Dzarma Zirkusu, and three other soldiers
- The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has condoled with the families and relations of the fallen soldiers and charged the troops to continue eliminating the terrorists
The slain general is Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkusu, the commander of 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok.
The general's identity was revealed in statement issued by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Onyeama Nwachukwu.
The terrorists killed Zirkusu alongside three other soldiers, while on their way to reinforce troops at Bungulwa village, near Askira Uba.
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Troops defend their location
Meanwhile, the Army spokesman said the troops successfully defended their location and destroyed ISWAP equipment during the battle at Askira Uba local government area of Borno state.
The statement reads:
“Troops of Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI have neutralized several Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP terrorists during a recent encounter in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
“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, two A-29, two Dragon combat vehicles and nine Gun Trucks.
“Sadly, 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 counter offensive against the terrorists, and successfully defended the location.
“The family of the senior officer and soldiers have been contacted."
COAS Faruk Yahaya reacts
Meanwhile, the statement added that the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has deeply commiserated with the families and relations of the fallen heroes.
He has also directed that the troops continue in the ferocious counter offensive and hot pursuit to eliminate the remnant of the fleeing terrorists.
Borno deputy speaker opens up on how ISWAP fighters burnt his brother’s house
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the deputy speaker of Borno state House of Assembly, Askira, decried an attack on his brother's house by some insurgents.
He said some ISWAP fighters attacked his community and burnt his elder brother's house. Abdullahi Askira said his late brother's house was burnt by some insurgents.
The lawmaker said that his brother's house located in Chan Chan Dana Community in Askira Uba local government area was completely razed by the insurgents on Wednesday, November 10.