Militant group Boko Haram have killed a second aid worker in Nigeria, who had been held hostage since March, the Nigerian government has confirmed. Last month, they killed a midwife who had been taken at the same time.
The militants are also holding a 15-year old schoolgirl and another medical worker hostage. On Sunday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appealed for their lives as a deadline issued by Boko Haram approached. But on Monday, they had to release a statement containing their devastation at the news one of their aid workers had died.
“We are hearing devastating reports that Hauwa has been executed. At this stage, we have no confirmation that this is true. We desperately hope not. The situation is heartbreaking and our thoughts remain with the family.”
Hauwa Mohammed Liman is the second aid worker to die in the past month at the hands of the Jihadist group. Midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa was killed in September. Alice Loksha remains hostage.
A schoolgirl also remains hostage after she was one of 110 girls to be kidnapped from a school in February. Most girls were released, but she refused to convert to Islam, and as such remains detained.
Nigerian Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said on Monday that the government was “deeply pained” by the second death, but promised to “keep negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors”.