Army General Die in Road Accident as Troops Battle Boko Haram Attacks in Borno

A Nigerian Army Chief has died in auto accident two days after a cabinet member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government lost his life alongside his wife a his son in a road accident in Kaduna.

Confirming the death of the army General, the Nigerian Army stated that the Chief of Training and Operations of the Army, Major General Yushau Mahmood Abubakar died in a road accident along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road on Tuesday.

The development was confirmed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

The late General was the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole before his recent deployment to Army Headquarters, Abuja.

The road accident also involved the Acting General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Brigadier General MSA Aliyu who sustained some injuries and is currently receiving medical treatment, military sources said.

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Mean while, troops of 26 and 28 Task Force Brigades repelled an early morning daring attack by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists on military locations at Pulka and Bitta in the fringes of Sambisa forest.

The Army Spokesman noted also that troops of 114 Task Force Battalion came under three-pronged attack by Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest from Damboa, Tokumbere and Pulka axis.

“At the end of the debacle, 2 Boko Haram insurgents paid for their atrocities with their lives while several others sustained gun shot injuries. The fate that befell those that attacked Pulka was more dreadful.

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“The ever ready and vigilant troops rose to the occasion by repelling the attacks and killing all the 16 attackers and captured one of them alive during the exploitation.

“The gallant troops also recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, 3 General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), 1 Browning Machine Gun (BMG) and 2 Toyota Hilux vehicles. “Others are a 60mm Mortar tube, 7 boxes of 12.7mm ammunition and 1 belt of 12.7mm ammunition.

“It is gratifying to state that there were no casualty on our own troops except for 3 soldiers that sustained minor injuries.

“The troops remained on maximum alert and are equally busy consolidating and continuing with their clearance operations with high morale”, the military official said.

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