Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army Dzarma Zirkusu, has been killed in an ambush by terrorists of the Islamic State of West Africa, Province ( ISWAP) in Borno State.
The Army spokesperson Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu confirmed the incident in a statement.
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 combat trucks, two A-29 artillery weapons, two dragon combat vehicles, and nine gun trucks,” the statement reads.
“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 reinforced 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.”
ISWAP had attacked troops at a military base in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday morning according to reports.
Four other soldiers were reportedly killed in the incident at Bulguma, a few kilometers from Askira town in Askira/Uba LGA.
Troops of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, had mobilized to reinforce the troops under attack in Askira,