Boko Haram kills second aid worker in Nigeria

Sergio Conner
October 16, 2018

Hauwa Liman, a midwife, was killed days after kidnappers set a deadline.

He thanked all the friendly governments that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women, and the clerics across religious lines who have been pleading for their release.

Attempts to reach Mohammed were also unsuccessful, as he failed to pick his calls or respond to a text message from The Guardian.

Mohammed said: "It is very unfortunate that it has come to this".

Boko Haram released a video in September threatening to kill the two remaining health workers, after executing a first woman; Saifura Khursa in September.

"If we see them, we will kill the apostates among them, men or women, and chose to kill or keep the infidels as slaves, men or women".

In an emailed statement on Monday, the Nigerian government confirmed the killing, and reacted to criticism that it had not done enough to save the victims by saying: "the Federal Government did all within its powers to save her life".

We are not sure of the exact time or hour when it expires, but are extremely anxious for lives of the Hauwa and Alice.

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Nigeria's military and government maintain the Islamist rebels are weakened to the point of defeat but fighters from the IS-backed faction have conducted repeated raids on military bases in recent months.

Since March 1, the ICRC has repeatedly made representations to the government of Nigeria about the abducted healthcare workers, at different levels.

The ICRC implored the hostage takers to show "mercy" and release the employees. "Speed and urgency are critical", it wrote. "A deadline that could result in the killing of another healthcare worker is less than 24 hours away".

The ICRC said it was devastated by the news. How can it be that two female health care workers were killed back-to-back?

Nigerians meanwhile have been reacting to the sad news.

Last month, the insurgents killed Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, in March, in a similar manner.

Also to be enslaved is the remaining aid worker, Ms Alice Ngaddah, a Christian who works with Unicef. I implore the Federal Government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to bring Leah Shuaibu and all the children in Boko Haram captivity home.

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