Army Chief of Nigeria killed in air crash

Lt-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, Nigeria’s army chief has been killed in a plane crash  the north-western state of Kaduna, officials say. 

The air force said in a statement that its plane crashed near the Kaduna airport and that it was investigating the cause. 

The presidency said that in addition to the army general, other military officers died in the crash. 

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a presidency statement, described the crash as a “mortal blow … at a time our armed forces are poised to end the security challenges facing the country.” 

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