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Brigadier General, 4 soldiers feared dead in ISWAP terrorists’ ambush in Askira, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria

A Brigadier-General serving in the Nigerian Army has been shot dead in an ambush by Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Borno State, Daily Trust reports.

Four other soldiers were reportedly killed in the incident which occurred at Bulguma, few kilometers from Askira town in Askira Uba Local Government Area of the State.

Sources said that troops of 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, had mobilised to provide reinforcement in Askira, which was under attack.

Earlier, ISWAP terrorists had stormed the town in a large convoy of gun trucks, storming a military base and engaged soldiers in gunfire.

The troops ambushed were on their way to provide support for the soldiers battling the insurgents.

“It’s a sad day for us at theatre of war; we lost Brigadier Commander (names withheld). The Brigade General and soldiers who were on their way support our troops at Askira were ambushed and shot dead by ISWAP fighters. We are sad,” a security source said.

The source added that fighters jets have bombarded the deadly groups but the details are not available.

First published in Daily Trust, https://dailytrust.com/breaking-brig-general-gunned-down-as-iswap-fighters-ambush-troops-in-borno

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