In a somber update, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed a devastating loss of 36 soldiers in Niger State. The heartbreaking revelation was made by Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, during a recent biweekly briefing. The casualties were a result of a harrowing ambush on troops in Niger State, as well as a tragic incident involving an evacuation helicopter that crashed on August 14, 2023.
Major General Edward Buba provided a detailed breakdown of the grim situation, underlining the sacrifice made by gallant troops of the Nigerian Army. The Zungeru area of the state became the site of a ruthless insurgent ambush, leading to the tragic loss of these valiant soldiers.
The incident took a further tragic turn as a Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter, engaged in a crucial casualty evacuation mission, crashed in the Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. The circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash are under thorough investigation, and Major General Edward Buba urged the public to refrain from succumbing to any terrorist-propagated misinformation and to uphold their patriotism.
As the nation grapples with this heart-wrenching loss, further details regarding these distressing events are expected to emerge in due course. The nation mourns the brave souls who paid the ultimate price in service to their country.