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Boko Haram kills nurse, threatens to murder Leah Sharibu


Boko Haram kills nurse, threatens to murder Leah Sharibu




Boko Haram has killed one of the health
workers kidnapped from Kala-Balge, Borno State, Saifura Khorsa, a
midwife with the International Committee of Red Cross.





In a video seen by an online newspaper, The Cable, the deceased who was wearing a white hijab was shot from behind.





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.





At least four soldiers, policemen and
three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack in Rann, Kala-Balge
Local Government Area.





Liman, one of the workers abducted, had
sent an audio to one of her friends, demanding that her parents be
informed that she had been kidnapped.





Liman and Ngaddah, a mother of two, who
worked with United Nations International Children Fund, were the ones in
captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1.





According to The Cable, 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.





The ICRC in a statement on Monday by its
spokesman, Aleksandra Mosimann, condemned the killing, and described
the action as sad while calling for the immediate release of the two
others still in captivity.





The statement read, “The International
Committee of the Red Cross condemns in the strongest terms the tragic
killing of its abducted colleague Saifura Khorsa.








“It is appealing to the armed group to
immediately release a second ICRC midwife and another health care worker
taken in north-eastern Nigeria in March.”





The statement quoted the head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion, as saying the murder was devastating.


 


He said, “Saifura moved to Rann to
selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and
other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.





“At the time of their abduction,
Saifura, as well as our colleague, Hauwa Mohammed Liman,  and Alice
Loksha, 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 violence.”





“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,” Fillion stated.





Since the women’s abduction six months
ago, the ICRC said it had made sustained and committed efforts to secure
the three healthcare workers’ release, stressing that it would continue
to do everything in its power to ensure that Liman and Loksha were
released and returned to their families immediately.








ICRC, in another statement by its
Communication Officer, Eleojo Akpa, said it condemned the murder. It
asked the Boko Haram insurgents to release another two workers still in
their captivity.





Meanwhile, the United States has condemned the murder of Khorsa, describing it as a heinous and inhuman act.





The US embassy in Nigeria in a statement
said, “We utterly condemn this heinous and inhuman act and stand in
solidarity with the ICRC and all those who work in service with the
Nigerian people.”





President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, condemned the killing of Saifura.





A statement by Buhari’s Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said, “The government
of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No
religion permits the killing of the innocent.”

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