Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says three officers, 22 soldiers, two pilots and crew members were killed while seven were wounded in action during an ambush which resulted in a fire-fight with insurgents in Wushishi in Niger State.
Director Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, made this known when he gave a breakdown of casualties in the ambush of troops in Niger State and an evacuation helicopter that crashed on August 14, 2023.
He, however, warned that no group will strike its own troops without injurious consequences.
The breakdown was given at the biweekly briefing of the Defence Media Operations.
When asked about the cause of the helicopter crash, he restated that an investigation is still underway to determine the cause and urged citizens to be wary of propaganda by terrorists and remain patriotic.
Insurgents had ambushed troops in the Zungeru area of the state and some gallant troops of the Nigerian Army paid the supreme price.