Nigeria

Nigerian army general gunned down as terrorists ambush troops in Borno

Boko Haram - Islamic State-aligned militants have intensified attacks on army camps in recent weeks as part of a more than decade-long insurgency that has killed more than 36,000 people.

A Brigadier-General has been shot dead in an ambush by fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Borno State.

Four other soldiers were reportedly killed in the incident which occurred at Bulguma, a few kilometres from Askira town in Askira Uba Local Government Area.

It was gathered that troops of 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok, had mobilised to provide reinforcement in Askira, which was under attack.

Newsmen had reported how ISWAP fighters stormed the town in a large convoy of gun trucks.

A local guard had said they stormed a military base and engaged soldiers in gunfire.

The troops were ambushed while on their way to provide support for the soldiers battling the insurgents.

“It’s a sad day for us at the theatre of war; we lost Brigadier Commander (names withheld). The Brigade General and soldiers who were on their way to support our troops at Askira were ambushed and shot dead by ISWAP fighters. We are sad,” a security source said.

The source added that fighters jets have bombarded the deadly groups but the details are not available.

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