‘Nothing can justify this’: Red Cross says aid worker killed by extremists in Nigeria

Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed one other kidnapped well being worker regardless of an pressing plea from the Worldwide Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, the worldwide aid group confirmed on Tuesday.

“It is completely devastating that now we have to jot down that sentence,” the ICRC mentioned in a press release, calling the killing “a despicable act of cruelty.”

Nigeria’s authorities introduced the killing late Monday.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman, 24, had been working as a midwife in a hospital supported by the ICRC. Her demise comes a month after a well being worker kidnapped along with her was killed by the identical group, the Islamic State West Africa Province, the biggest ISIS-linked extremist group in Africa. A 3rd feminine well being worker stays captive.

“The information of Hauwa’s demise has damaged our hearts,”mentioned ICRC’s regional director for Africa, Patricia Danzi. “We appealed for mercy and an finish to such mindless murders. How can or not it’s that two feminine health-care staff had been killed again to again? Nothing can justify this.”

The ICRC, which doesn’t pay ransoms, has mentioned it was in a roundabout way concerned in discussions on the extremists’ calls for. On Sunday, the company issued a plea saying “we urge you for mercy” and famous {that a} 24-hour deadline was counting down.

Nigeria’s info minister mentioned “the federal authorities did all inside its powers to avoid wasting her life” and had saved the “line of negotiations” open because the abductions. The federal government mentioned it was “shocked and saddened” and would proceed to work for the protected launch of different captives.

three staff kidnapped

The three well being staff had been seized in March in the northeastern group of Rann, the place hundreds have sought shelter from the extremist risk that features the Nigeria-based Boko Haram insurgency. They had been praised for volunteering to work in a harmful space whereas many others fled or selected to stay in safer communities.

Liman was “vigorous” and “really devoted to her work serving to susceptible ladies,” the ICRC mentioned.

UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres “is appalled and strongly condemns the killing” and requires the discharge of all remaining hostages, spokesperson Stephane Dujarric mentioned. The UN chief careworn the significance of defending those that present humanitarian help to hundreds of thousands in northeast Nigeria.

The killing in September of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa additionally led to outrage. Nonetheless held captive is Alice Loksha, a nurse who labored at a centre supported by the UN kids’s company.

Pupil nonetheless being held captive

The identical extremist group is also holding Leah Sharibu, a scholar seized in a mass abduction in February. She stays captive whereas greater than 100 of her fellow college students had been launched. It’s thought she continues to be held as a result of she is Christian. Her mom in latest weeks has mentioned her daughter’s life was in hazard.

“We urge the group holding Alice and Leah to launch them safely,” the ICRC’s Danzi mentioned.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who declared that defeating extremism was a prime precedence when he took energy in 2015, final week despatched three cupboard ministers to fulfill with the households of Sharibu and the kidnapped well being staff, his workplace mentioned.

Buhari on Tuesday spoke with Liman’s father and with ICRC president Peter Maurer, interesting to the aid group to “proceed their providers in Nigeria and never quit,” a authorities assertion mentioned.



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