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Chief of Army Staff, top aides die in plane crash

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, is dead, PRNigeria is reporting.

According to available information, the recently appointed Army Chief died when a military aircraft in which he was flying crashed.

Further information had it that air accident occurred in Kaduna while Attahiru was on an official duty.

He was said to be with not less than seven of his aides in the aircraft crash landed, with all on board said to have died.

It was said to be raining heavily when the plane crash landed at about 6pm

Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Nigerian Air Force Director of Information confirmed the mishap in a statement

“An air crash involving a @NigAirForce aircraft occurred this evening near the Kaduna International Airport.

“The immediate cause of the crash is still being ascertained. More details to follow soon”, the spokesman noted.

Attahiru was among the Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in January.

Others are General Leo Irabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Vice Admiral A. Z. Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Marshal I. O. Amao – Chief of Air Staff