Nigeria's Chief of Army staff, 10 other die in plane crash

Nigeria's military says the Chief of Army staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers have been killed in a plane crash

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Nigeria's Chief of Army staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were killed Friday in a plane crash, the military said late Friday.

The military officials were en route to the capital, Abuja, after making an official trip to Kaduna state.

There was no immediate information provided about what may have caused the plane crash, but Brigadier Gen. Mohammed Yerima said more details would be released soon. The names of the other military officials who died were not made public.

Attahiru had been appointed to the position earlier this year by by President Muhammadu Buhari. The presidency tweeted photos of Buhari being briefed by the country's defense minister and others about the crash.

“All of them are heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land,” Buhari tweeted.