Boko Haram executes second female aid worker

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2018

The statement reads: President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday spoke with Mohammed Liman, father of Hauwa Liman, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) midwife who was slain by Boko Haram terrorists.

Patricia Danzi, Director of ICRC Operations in Africa, had appealed for the safe release of the aid workers: "Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight".

He described the killing as dastardly, inhuman and ungodly, saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.

Leman, a nurse with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was kidnapped by the armed group in March along with two other medical workers in Rann, Borno State in the country's northeast.

The statement by Nigeria's information minister said "the federal government did all within its powers to save her life" and had kept the "line of negotiations" open since the abductions.

"If we see them, we will kill the apostates among them, men or women, and chose to kill or keep the infidels as slaves, men or women".

A second aid worker, an ICRC midwife, was killed in September.

In a telephone call, President Buhari commiserated with the family and assured Miss Liman's father that the Nigerian government did everything possible to save his daughter's life, expressing sadness that all the efforts turned out unsuccessful.

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The rescue efforts were extensive and risky (one Thai navy SEAL lost his life), with it taking eight hours to get each person out. The boys elaborated later that they didn't celebrate their birthdays while they were in the cave.

Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old school student who refused to convert to Islam, was taken from her school in Dapchi in a separate abduction incident in February. Liman and Loksha were kidnapped, as was another aid worker, Sifura Khorsa. "Speed and urgency are critical", it wrote.

To ISWAP, the ICRC said: "We urge you for mercy".

Nigerians meanwhile have been reacting to the sad news.

"Hauwa dedicated herself to serving the victims of Boko Haram's insurgency, and it is extremely sad that her life ended the way it did, at the hands of the terrorists".

"My colleagues and I in the Nigerian Senate remain committed to continuing working with our Armed Forces to find a lasting solution to these senseless killings by insurgents and improve our security infrastructure", said Senate President Bukola Saraki on his Twitter page.

He recalled that before the gruesome murder of Hauwa Leman, one Saifura Khorsa, another aid worker was brutally killed recently, which according to him, means that the terrorist group had issued warnings as to what will come yet the Buhari government failed to act.

ISWAP split from the faction led by long-time Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in August 2016 in protest at the latter's indiscriminate targeting of civilians in raids and suicide bombings.

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