Nigeria’s army chief, 11 others die in plane crash

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Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Friday died alongside 11 officers when a military aircraft in which they were traveling crashed in Kaduna.

Witnesses said the aircraft landed on the tarmac of Kaduna airport with a loud bang followed by huge billows of smoke amid a downpour.

He was appointed in March 2021 to replace Gen. Tukur Buratai.

There were initial claims that the army chief’s wife was among the casualties but it was later found to be untrue.

 

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