Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boko Haram kills second aid worker

Boko Haram kills second aid worker

The execution is coming after the ICRC issued a plea to the Nigerian government and public to help secure the released of the abducted health workers.

The presidency tweeted "that the federal government did all within its powers to save her life".

The running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, has reacted to Boko Haram's killing of an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, Hauwa Liman.

It will be recalled that the insurgents had, in September, killed a nurse with the ICRC, Saifura Khorsa, who was abducted alongside Liman and Loksha in Rann, Borno State on March 1.

He also thanked all the friendly governments and the clerics across religious lines, that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women. In all the negotiations, we acted in the best interest of the women and the country as a whole.

The group had earlier warned that they would execute Leman if they don't hear from the Federal Government.

Reacting via a statement, Mohammed said the government is deeply pained by the incident.

"Saifura and Hauwa were killed because they are considered as Murtads (apostates) by the group because they were once Muslims that have abandoned their Islam the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross, and for us there is no difference between Red Cross and UNICEF. Time is running out - that is why I am calling on the government to keep talking to them", Leah's father, Nathan, told CNN.

A schoolgirl who is also being held was among 110 girls kidnapped from a school in the town of Dapchi in February.

More than 27 000 people have been killed in northeast Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009, while almost two million others remain homeless. There has been a global plea for her release.

A second aid worker has been executed by Boko Haram in Nigeria after a deadline imposed to release imprisoned members of the armed group expired, the government said.

"From today, Sharibu and Ngaddah are now our slaves", it said. A similar attack was foiled this weekend, officials said. "A deadline that could result in the killing of another healthcare worker is less than 24 hours away", the ICRC said. "They have entered here now".

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