At least 36 Nigerian soldiers were killed in two attacks during operations against armed gangs in the northern-central state of Niger, the military said on Thursday.
An Air Force Mi-171 helicopter despatched to evacuate the casualties crashed near Chukuba village in Shiroro on Monday, killing others. While Buba didn’t confirm the cause of the crash, two military sources told Reuters the helicopter was probably brought down after gang members shot at it.
“Operations are ongoing to recover the bodies and investigate the cause of the air crash which will be communicated,” he said.
In a separate military operation in Kaduna state, troops rescued 10 hostages held in a village in Igabi local government of the state following a tipoff, killing their abductors after a gun battle, Buba said.