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Military holds mass funeral for personnel killed in Niger ambush


The Nigerian military conducted a mass burial on Friday for at least 20 officers and soldiers killed in action by terrorists in Niger State.

The deceased personnel, including 14 soldiers and 6 Air Force members, died during an ambush on August 14 and a subsequent jet crash in the state.

Defense Minister Abubakar Badaru, State Minister Bello Matawalle, Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Christopher Musa, and other top military officials attended the funeral. Also present were family members of the fallen heroes.

The full list of those laid to rest is:

  1. Late Maj SA Oni
  2. Late Flt Lt Anthony Duryumsu
  3. Late Flt Lt Ibrahim Adamu
  4. Late Lt Gm Odusami
  5. Late Lt Us Alkali
  6. Late Sgt Faruk Mohammed
  7. Late Cpl Ibrahim Garba
  8. Late Cpl Chiroma Pogu
  9. Late Cpl Adama Isaac
  10. Late Cpl Haruna Jamilu
  11. Late Cpl Samaila Bashiru
  12. Late Ab Suleiman Mk (NN)
  13. Late Cpl Jauro Amos (NAF)
  14. Late Lcpl Sunday Okopi
  15. Late Lcpl Ekpanyo Edetd
  16. Late Lcpl Alaribe Daniel (NAF)
  17. Late Lcpl Brigss Stephen (NAF)
  18. Late Lcpl Yakubu Ayuba
  19. Late Lcpl Nura Mohammed
  20. Late Pte Habib Aliyu
  21. Late Pte Tanko Waje
  22. Late Acm Abubakar Abdulrahaman (NAF)

The troops were ambushed while on patrol in Zungeru-Tegina. The subsequent air crash occurred during casualty evacuation efforts. Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.

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