A Brigadier-General of the Nigerian Army has been reportedly shot dead as the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) ambushed him and other personnel in Bulguma, a few kilometers from Askira town in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

It was learnt that the General, Dzarma Zirkusu was alongside other soldiers attacked by the terrorist group while they were on their way to Askira Uba town where the military and the ISWAP were exchanging gunfire.

According to reports, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, had mobilised to provide reinforcement in the area following the attack.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said it neutralised several Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement on Saturday, noted that troops of Joint Task Force, Operation HADIN KAI have neutralized the terrorists during the encounter in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.


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The statement said the operation which is ongoing was supported by the air component of OPHK.

It said five A-Jet, two A-29, two Dragon combat vehicles, and nine gun trucks were destroyed

Recall that reported had that hundreds of residents of Askira Uba town, on Saturday fled to mountains and nearby villages following an attack by ISWAP fighters.


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