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Boko Haram Murders Nurse, Threatens To Kill Leah Sharibu

Boko Haram Murders Nurse, Threatens To Kill Leah Sharibu
A faction of the dreaded Islamic sect Boko Haram – the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) – has killed one of the health workers kidnapped from Kala-Balge, Borno State, Saifura Khorsa – a midwife with the International Committee of Red Cross.
Shortly after murdering the humanitarian worker, the sect also threatened to kill Hauwa Liman and Alice Ngaddah who were abducted alongside Khorsa in March, 2018, as well as Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in Boko Haram captivity.
According to The Cable, the deceased who was wearing a white hijab was shot from behind.
The news outlet also reported that the insurgents claimed that they had contacted the government over the captives but did not get any response.
“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government has ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a spokesman of the group who did not give his name.
“The other nurse and midwife will be executed in a similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu,” the sect threatened.
At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack in Rann, Kala-Balge Local Government Area.
In its earlier statement, the Red Cross said two aide workers were still with Boko Haram.
At the time of their abduction, Saifura – as well as her other colleagues – a nurse working in a UNICEF-supported centre, were providing essential antenatal care to communities in Rann, whose population has more than doubled after an influx of people fleeing the violence, the agency said.
“We urge those still holding our colleague Hauwa and Alice: release these women. Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them.”
In his reaction to the murder of the Red Cross staff, President Muhammadu Buhari said:
“The government of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No religion permits the killing of the innocent. Saifura worked for the Red Cross, a humanitarian organization tirelessly working to bring succor to all the victims of violence irrespective of the sides of the conflict.”
The president sent out an appeal to Nigeria’s international partners and about everyone with an influence on the terrorists to prevail on them “to stop these acts of extreme barbarism.”
Mr Buhari further assured that his administration will seize every given opportunity with both hands and use all means available to bring home all citizens held against their will by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“On behalf of his family, the government and people of Nigeria, President Buhari extended condolences to the family of Saifura, the Red Red Cross and UNICEF over the loss of this selfless and hardworking mother,” Mr Shehu said.

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