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03/18/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Friday, March 10, seven armed insurgents broke into a humanitarian aid organization compound and abducted an aid worker and two guards.   

The aid organization compound was in the town of Monguno in Borno State, which is in northeast Nigeria. The militants belonged to the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, called Islamic State West Africa Provence (ISWAP).   

Monguno is located near the Lake Chad region of Nigeria, where Boko Haram has been most active recently. ISWAP has targeted the town’s aid workers on numerous other occasions.   

According to HumAngle, in September 2019, militants raided a medical facility that was part of an aid organization, threatening workers and stealing money and valuables. In September 2020, ISWAP insurgents entered an aid worker’s home and attempted to extort money from him a year later.   

Most recently, on February 25 of this year, ISWAP abducted three aid workers and two guards at a guesthouse in the neighboring country of Cameroon.   

These infiltrations of towns and aid compounds by Boko Haram and ISWAP exacerbate the risks already faced by humanitarian workers and are hindering the delivery of desperately needed aid supplies to the region.   

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