How Gallant Brig-Gen Dzarma & 3 soldiers were killed in ISWAP encounter; They courageously defended Nigerians even at the price of their own lives-COAS.

Troops of 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 the encounter, a Brigadier General and Commander of the Special Forces, Brig-Gen Dzarma Zirkusu and some soldiers were killed with the troops reportedly charging against the terrorists to prevent the town falling to ISWAP.

The terrorists were said to have arrived the town with massive arsenal of movable weapons and high caliber equipment with which to over run troops but the soldiers stood their ground.

Confirming the killings, Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said, “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 deployed 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 commiserating with the families and relations of the fallen heroes.

“He averred that the gallant officer and soldiers courageously defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria and Nigerians even at the price of their own lives.

“He has also directed that the troops continue in the ferrocious counter offensive and hot pursuit to eliminate the remnant of the fleeing terrorists.”



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