The Senator representing, Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume, has disclosed the reason the Islamic State West Africa Province killed Brigadier General Zirkusu in Saturday’s attack.
The military officer was killed alongside three others during an attack on a military base in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
Ndume said the general was killed because he was a major obstacle to ISWAP operations in the area. He also disclosed that he died after a bomb-ladened car rammed into his vehicle.
He said, “They know that the general was the major obstacle to their operation. They laid an ambush and rammed a bomb-ladened car into his vehicle.
“The military is aware and the air force is providing surveillance in the area. It was a revenge mission. The army has been taking out key ISWAP commanders and they have their revenge.”
According to Ndume, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, the attack was a revenge mission for the Army neutralising some ISWAP commanders.
He added that the terrorists were regrouping for a fresh attack, however, the military is aware and are taking steps to stop it.
“They (ISWAP terrorists) are also regrouping around Borno North, that’s Lake Chad axis, planning to launch a fresh attack. The military is aware and the Air Force is conducting surveillance in the area right now.”