Army general, 3 soldiers killed in terror attack in Nigeria, official says


An army general and three soldiers were killed Saturday in a terror attack on a remote town in Nigeria, according to an official.

Spokesman for the Nigerian Army Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, attacked Askira in northeast Borno State.

"Sadly, a gallant senior officer Brig/ Gen. Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry," he said.

Nwachukwu said the military deployed fighter jets which destroyed nine gun trucks and one armored personnel carrier of the terrorists.

He said the army contacted the families of the slain soldiers.