Red Cross urges Boko Haram to spare life of kidnapped worker

Aaron Brown
October 17, 2018

While the Federal Government and humanitarian organisations such as the Red Cross and Amnesty International condemned the action of the terrorists, Hauwa's family believes she might still be alive.

"As we have been doing since these young women were abducted, we kept the line of negotiations open all through".

Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed the second of three abducted health workers, Nigeria's government said late Monday - the death coming a month after the first health worker was killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province.

She was reportedly forced to kneel down, hands tied, and shot at close range.

A medical aid worker held hostage in Nigeria since March was killed by Islamist militants after their deadline expired, the government said on Monday.

A midwife with ICRC, Saifura Ahmed, who had been abducted at the same time, was executed by Boko Haram in September.

"We urge the Nigerian authorities to continue to tighten the noose around the terrorists until the last of those being held captive by Boko Haram is released as the desperate action on the part of the terrorists must not be allowed to slow down the operations meant to restore normalcy to the region".

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"I join Nigerians and the global community in condemning the murder of Hauwa Liman - an aid worker with ICRC, by Boko Haram".

"It's utterly devastating that we have to write that sentence", the ICRC said in a statement, calling the killing "a despicable act of cruelty". How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back?

Toafic Toure, ICRC operational communication delegate, Maiduguri sub-delegation, had on Sunday pleaded with the federal government to avert Leman's killing as the Monday deadline given by the insurgents approached.

"On a day like this, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased".

ISWA split from Boko Haram in 2016 and has killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in the past few months, security and military sources have told Reuters.

In addition to Loksha, the ISWAP is also holding 15-year-old Leah Sharibu, a Christian schoolgirl kidnapped in February from the town of Dapchi.

According to the President, Nigeria needs the ICRC and the government will continue to do all it can to protect the staff of the organisation.

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