Nigeria: ISWAP Abducts Humanitarian Workers, State Officials In Borno

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Islamic State West Africa a splinter faction of Boko Haram have abducted five employees of Borno State Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, a staff member of Action Against Hunger, a local government worker and another civilian.

Information available to Dandal Kura Radio International indicated that the victims were intercepted and abducted by ISWAP fighters at a checkpoint along Damasak road in Borno State some 200km of the state capital Maiduguri.

A day after the abduction on September 11 Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum visited displaced persons in Damasak the headquarters of Mobar Local Government Area.

Dandal Kura Radio further learnt that Boko Haram attack in November 2014 on the town of Damasak left 50 people dead and forced at least 3,000 to flee to the state of Diffa in the neighbouring Republic of Niger.

On July 18, 2019 six Action Against Hunger employees were abducted along Damasak road.

The captors killed one of their victims on September 25 of the same year and killed four others on December 13, 2019, while the only woman on the team Grace Taku,remains in captivity.

In July, 2020, ISWAP killed humanitarian workers abducted along Monguno – Maiduguri road in Borno State.

Dandal Kura Radio International Correspondent contacted the Borno State government spokesman Isa Gusau for comments on the situation but he replied that he will find out about it.

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