Tragedy struck on Saturday when terrorists loyal to Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) killed a brigadier general and some soldiers in Borno State during a confrontation with Nigerian troops, who battled to avert an attack by the terrorists.
The military authorities in Abuja confirmed the development in a statement yesterday and said many terrorists were also killed and their fighting equipment destroyed.
Brig-Gen. Dzarma Zirkusu, who was the Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, was on a reinforcement mission to Askira in Borno South which was under siege by terrorists when he was ambushed.
Three other soldiers in the convoy of the general were also killed by the assailants who reportedly waylaid them outside Askira town.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Borno State governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, in separate statements last night mourned the fallen heroes while expressing grief over the incident.
The President, in a statement issued Saturday by his media aide, Garba Shehu, said the deceased paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they tried to help their compatriots in the war against terrorists.