Action Against Hunger, an international aid group, said on Friday that an armed group that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeast Nigeria has killed four hostages out of six.
Two drivers and three Health Ministry workers were kidnapped on July 18 near the town of Damasak in Borno, northeastern Nigeria, where insurgents mostly operate. One of the hostages was killed in September, the group said in a statement on Friday.
At least 20 aid workers have been killed in Northeast Nigeria since the beginning of the large-scale humanitarian response in 2016. Attacks against humanitarian aid workers cut off the population from much needed life-saving services. Today, more than seven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. Over ten years of conflict has deeply affected the population in Northeast Nigeria.
Mr Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, condemns the announced execution of four aid workers by armed groups in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State on 13 December.
“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months,” stated Mr Kallon.
“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship.
Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict,” stressed the Humanitarian Coordinator.
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