Finally! Army confirms ambush, killing of troops by terrorists in Niger

Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of its soldiers during a firefight with terrorists in Kundu, a community near Zungeru in Wushishi LGA of Niger state.

It said the soldiers were courageous till the end.

There were reports on Monday that suspected terrorists launched attacks on the Kundu community on Sunday during which there were casualties, including some soldiers and members of the local vigilante group….CONTINUE READING

A large number of troops, about 20 soldiers mobilised to repel the terrorists were killed. About 12 of the soldiers died instantly, while eight others who sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital later died.

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Many residents were also abducted. The terrorists away their cows, and the villagers fled the community.

Making the confirmation, Onyema Nwachuckwu, the army spokesperson, who did not specify the number of casualties from the attack, said, “I can confirm that there was an incident in Wushishi LGA of Niger state.

“Our gallant patriots paid the supreme price when they ran into an ambush staged by insurgents.

“They were courageous till the end. They stood their ground and defended our great country with their lives.

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“The focus now is how to console and bring respite to those they left behind. Sadly the incident occurred while the chief of army staff is on an operational tour of the north-west operations theatre for on-the-spot assessment and reinvigoration of ongoing operations.”

Nwachukwu added that Toaheed Lagbaja, chief of army staff, has headed to the affected location to encourage the troops.

The Street Journal had reported that a Nigerian Air Force helicopter on an evacuation mission crashed in Niger state on Monday.

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Edward Gabkwet, the spokesperson of NAF, who announced the incident said the helicopter crashed at about 1 pm near Chukuba village in Shiroro LGA of the state.

Gabkwet said the aircraft had departed Zungeru Primary School en route to Kaduna, but was later discovered to have crashed near Chukuba village….CONTINUE READING

The crashed aircraft was believed to be taking the injured troops from the scene of the attack to a military hospital in Kaduna for medical attention.