The Nigerian Army announced on Saturday that a senior officer and three troops were killed in a tough battle with ISWAP militants in Borno.
ISWAP stands for Islamic State West Africa Province, a branch faction of Boko Haram.
Despite the significant casualties, the military claimed that some ISWAP planes and gun vehicles were destroyed.
“During a recent encounter in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, troops of Joint Task Force, North East Operation HADIN KAI neutralised several Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists,” the statement claimed.
“Troops supported by the Air Component of OPHK have destroyed five A-Jets, two A-29s, two Dragon combat vehicles, and nine Gun Trucks in the fierce battle that is still raging at the time of filing this report.”
“Unfortunately, a gallant senior officer, Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, and three soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they provided reinforcement in a counteroffensive against the terrorists, successfully defending the location.”
“The senior officer’s family and soldiers have been contacted.”
“Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families and relatives of the fallen heroes.”
“He also ordered the troops to keep up the ferocious counteroffensive and close pursuit to finish off the remaining terrorists.”