Buhari Expresses Anguish Over Killing Of 36 Soldiers In Niger

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

NIGERIA’S immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his anguish over the brutal killing of no fewer than 36 soldiers in an ambush and a subsequent helicopter crash in Niger State.

Recall that the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday confirmed the death of 36 officers in the ambush of troops in Niger State and an evacuation helicopter that crashed last Monday

Speaking on Saturday through his media aide, Garba Shehu, Buhari said: “I am saddened by the helicopter accident, following the tragic ambush in which we have lost our brave army personnel.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest.”

He also expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to President Bola Tinubu, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the families of the slain heroes.

“With the soldier-discipline in our troops, it is a matter of time before they overcome,” the former president added.

Stonix News reports that insurgents had ambushed troops in the Zungeru area of the state with some gallant troops of the Nigerian Army paying the supreme price.

In what looked like a week of blood, a Nigerian Air Force MI-171 Helicopter on a casualty evacuation mission also crashed on Monday, August 14, at the Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

According to the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, during the biweekly briefing of the Defence Media Operations, an investigation is still underway to determine the cause.

He, however, urged citizens to be wary of propaganda by terrorists and remain patriotic.

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