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Brig. Gen, others killed as troops neutralize Iswap in Borno

Troops of the 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 a statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu the Theatre lost a gallant senior officer Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers during the fierce encounter. 

The statement adds that the troops display rare gallantry as they provided reinforcement in a  counter offensive against the terrorists, and successfully defended the location. 

It says troops supported by the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai have destroyed five A – Jet, two A-29, two Dragon combat vehicles and nine Gun Trucks.

According to General Nwachukwu, the families of the senior officer and soldiers have been contacted.

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General 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.

Reporting by Dauda Iliya, editing by Daniel Adejo