Terrorists have kidnapped two aid workers in Nigeria’s restive northeast Borno State as they were returning from a wedding, humanitarian and security sources said Saturday.
The two were identified as an employee of UN World Food Programme who had just attended his wedding and a colleague from the International Committee of the Red Cross who had been the best man at the ceremony.
They were seized by Islamic State West Africa Province on Wednesday near Jakana village the sources said.
ISWAP terrorists took the two aid workers hostage at a checkpoint they mounted near Jakana a UN source told AFP.
The hostages were returning to the regional capital Maiduguri from the wedding in neighbouring Adamawa State when they were stopped at a bogus checkpoint.
The WFP worker had his wedding on November 28 and the Red Cross colleague was his best man.
A military source in Jakana confirmed the kidnap of two humanitarian staff by ISWAP terrorists.
The group said the incident occurred at a checkpoint between the village of Mainok and Maiduguri.
Jakana, 25 kilometres from Maiduguri, lies on a known crossing route for ISWAP fighters moving between their camps in the Benisheikh forest area of Borno and their hideouts in the Buni Yadi area of Yobe state.