The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, and three other soldiers killed during a clash with members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, November 13.
A statement which was released by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Brig General Onyeama Nwachukwu, says the troops of the Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI neutralized several ISWAP members during the clash which was still ongoing as at the time the statement was released
Nwachukwu mentioned that the troops supported by the Air Component of OPHK deployed five A – Jet, two A-29, two Dragon combat with which they destroyed nine Gun Trucks and One APC during the clash.
He said: ”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 statement read
Nwachukwu mentioned that the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya deeply commiserates with the families and relations of the fallen heroes and has also directed that the troops continue in the ferocious counteroffensive and hot pursuit to eliminate the remnant of the fleeing terrorists.