A gallant senior officer, Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers, were killed, when troops of Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI, reportedly, raided several Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, said the incident, occurred at Askira Uba Local Government Area(LGA) of Borno State.
The statement reads: ‘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 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 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.’