The International Committee of the Red Cross has condemned the “tragic killing” of a health worker, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, by Boko Haram terrorists.
This was contained in a statement released by the humanitarian agency in Abuja on Monday
“We are devastated by the murder of our colleague Saifura,” said Eloi Fillion, the head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja.
No details were given about the circumstances of her death but the ICRC called on the Islamists to release another midwife and nurse still being held.
“There is no ideology or religious law that could justify doing any harm to them,” said Fillion.
The UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said, “The killing of Ms. Hussaini, a young, dedicated and passionate midwife and humanitarian, is a cowardly, heinous and despicable act”.
“This incident demonstrates the severe challenges that Nigeria continues to face,” he added.
Khorsa, was abducted in Rann, Borno State, on March 1, during an attack by the terrorists
The announcements by the ICRC and the UN are the first public news about the women since they were kidnapped.
Rann is a remote town on the border with Cameroon where more than 60,000 people who have fled from Boko Haram jihadists depend on emergency food aid and medical care to survive.
The Islamist group has intensified attacks in recent months, with the violence spilling over into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The jihadists have increasingly turned to kidnapping for ransom as a way to finance their operations and win back key commanders in prisoner swaps with the Nigerian government.
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