Islamist Militants Murdered Five in Northeast Nigeria, Including Four Aid Workers

07/27/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – In northeast Nigeria, Islamist militants have killed four aid workers and a private security guard according to Reuters. The five people worked for International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger. Their colleagues confirmed the killing in statements by condemning the executions. Last month, the Islamist militants released a video in which the hostages identified themselves.

There is an increasing risk for aid workers in northeast Nigeria, where the conflict with Boko Haram and Islamic State’s regional ally has fueled one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. One of the Islamist militants stated in a video the following, “You that are working for infidel organizations, you are working to deliver their mandate but they do not care about your plight.” In the video, the militant was wearing a balaclava, the five captives were wearing red blindfolds and kneeling in a row in front of him. The militant went on to say that, “This is why whenever we abduct you, those organizations do not show any form of concern.” When the man finished his speech, he and four other men in balaclavas and military fatigues shot the captives. Northeast Nigeria has become very dangerous for civilians, smaller towns and major roads that were previously safe are left unprotected.

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