The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said on Thursday at least 36 military officers died in two separate incidents in Niger State this week.
The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major-Gen. Edward Buba, stated this when he gave a breakdown of casualties in the ambush attack on troops and the helicopter crash at a Defence Media Operations biweekly media briefing in Abuja.
Reports emerged on Monday that some soldiers and an unspecified number of bandits were killed in a firefight at the Kundu community near Zungeru in the Wushishi local government area of Niger State.
The same day a helicopter belonging to the Nigerian Air Force crashed in the state.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the aircraft departed Zungeru Primary School en route to Kaduna but was seen in a village in Shiroro LGA.
The MI-171 helicopter was on a mission to evacuate victims of violence in Chukuba Village of Niger State when it crashed at about 11:00 a.m., in Shiroro.
At the briefing, the spokesman said an investigation into the accident was still underway and urged Nigerians to be wary of propaganda by terrorists.
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