- Senator Ali Ndume has revealed that a suspected group of terrorists attacked Nigerian troops in Askira Uba, Ngamdu, Buniyadi, and different locations in the northeast
- Ndume revealed that the attack led to the death of Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkushi, the commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok LGA of Borno
- Other sources said that the insurgents were on a revenge mission following the killing of one of their top commanders at Kalangal village of Askira Uba
Askira Uba, LGA- A suspected group of terrorists Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Saturday, November 13, killed Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkushi, the commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok Local Government Area of Borno state. Sources have said.
The terrorists killed the gallant officer, alongside three other soldiers, while on their way to reinforce troops at Bungulwa village, near Askira Uba local government area which came under series of attacks on Saturday, November 13.
A report by The Nation has it that the attack was launched by Libyan mercenaries who reportedly connived with ISWAP members in the state.
In the publication, the chairman of the Senate committee on the Nigerian Army, Senator Muhammed Ali Ndume, said Zirkusu was killed because he has been the nightmare of terrorists in the area.
Ndume revealed that the attackers laid an ambush for the NA officer and rammed a bomb-laddened car into his vehicle.
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“They know that the General was the major obstacle to their operation. They laid an ambush and rammed a bomb-laddened car into his vehicle.
“He was a gallant soldier. He took the fight to the terrorists. His death has sent panic to people in that area.
“I am aware that some people around that Chibok area have started thinking of relocating."
Sources revealed that the insurgents who were on a revenge mission following the killing of one of their top commanders at Kalangal village of Askira Uba have succeeded in attacking Nigerian troops in Askira Uba, Ngamdu, Buniyadi and different locations in the North East, Vanguard reported
Another source said:
“The military troops with support from airforce Task team pursued some insurgents to nearby hideouts of Kalangal village and killed one of the topmost Commander and over 50 terrorists in the encounter last week, hence the series of terrorist attacks/ambushes witnessed within the last 7 days across the theatre of Operation Hadin Kai.”
An intelligence officer revealed that:
“The ISWAP terrorists who invaded the Askira Uba town at about 9 am on Saturday destroyed telecommunication masts with guns and other firearms in their possession, forcing residents to flee.”
Another member of vigilante who assisted the troops during the encounter, but did not want his name mentioned for security reasons said:
“The Brigade Commander along side his three soldiers were killed in an ambush while on their mission for reinforcement operation along the Uba-Askira-Chibok-Damboa road axis."
Some parts of Askira -Uba shares porous boundaries with Sambisa forest which is the hideouts of terrorists, due to closer of Maiduguri-Damaturu Road which is about 150km, takes like 2 hours to reach by motorists, it is now taking more than 5 to 10 hours to reach Askira if motorists took the only optional roads of Maiduguri- Bama- Bama- Gwoza or Maiduguri- Damaturu- Biu- Gombi- Mubi road which is over 500km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The newspaper gathered that at Ngamdu town, in Kaga Local Government of Borno, ISWAP terrorists suffered a devastating blow in the hands of the troops, unfortunately, three Special Force operatives paid the supreme price during the encounter.
Borno Deputy Speaker opens up on how ISWAP fighters burnt his brother’s house
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the deputy speaker of Borno state House of Assembly, Abdullahi Askira, has decried an attack on his brother's house by some insurgents.
Askira said some fighters under the Islamic State West Africa Provinces (ISWAP) attacked his community and burnt his elder brother's house.
It was reported that 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.