Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldeirs in ongoing war between Nigeria troops and Boko Haram terrrorists within the Askira Uba local government area of Borno State.
The Army in a statement signed by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations and made available few menitues ago said the Brigadier General Zirkusu and other soldiers were killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP terrorists when the Brigadier General with troops provided reinforcement in a counter offensive against the splited Boko Haram group.
The Army press statement reads thus:
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 filling this report, troops supported by the Air Component of OPHK have deployed five A – Jet, two A-29, two Dragon combat with which they destroyed nine Gun Trucks and One APC.
Sadly, a gallant senior officer Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare diplay 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.
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.
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