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Six soldiers die as troops eliminate scores of terrorists in Niger ambush

The Army said troops were currently trailing terrorists who fled from the encounter.

• April 21, 2024
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Nigerian Army logo[Credit: New Telegraph]

Troops of 1 Division of the Nigeria Army eliminated several terrorists who ambushed them on Friday while on fighting patrol around Karaga Village in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.

Director, Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, however, on Sunday in Abuja that two officers and four soldiers were lost to the ambush.

He stated that some of the terrorists’ equipment were recovered.

Mr Nwachukwu added that the General Officer Commanding 1 Division and Commander “Operation Whirl Punch,’’ Maj.-Gen. Landers Saraso, had sent condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff.

He stated that Maj.-Gen. Saraso had assured that the loss of soldiers would be avenged as troops were currently trailing terrorists who fled from the encounter.

Mr Saraso also urged the people of Niger State to go about their legitimate and lawful activities and reassured that the Nigerian Army and other security agencies would ensure their protection at all times.

“In line with customs and traditions, the Nigerian Army has contacted the next-of-kin of the fallen heroes while burial has been conducted for the deceased Muslim soldiers with the approval of their family members. The Chief of Army Staff was represented at the burial which took place at Minna military cantonment cemetery by the commander, Training and Doctrine Command, Maj.-Gen. Kelvin Aligbe.

“Niger State’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, Maj.-Gen. Aligbe, Maj.-Gen. Saraso and other senior officers visited the two soldiers wounded in the ambush as they were receiving treatment at a military hospital. They also paid condolence visits to the families of the deceased. We urge the people of Niger and contiguous states to continue to avail the Nigerian Army and other security agencies with actionable and timely information to enhance the operations of the troops,’’ Mr Nwachukwu stated.

(NAN)

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