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Action Against Hunger condemns execution of staff Kidnapped by ISWAP

Action Against Hunger (AAH), an international non-governmental organisation, has condemned the killing of one of its abducted staff.

One of the six abducted aid workers, who were kidnapped by the insurgents in Borno state, was killed by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The insurgents reportedly killed the aid worker, a male, because “the government deceived them”. A

AAH condemned the killing in a statement and expressed concern for the well-being of the hostages, calling for their release.

“The armed group holding captive an Action Against Hunger employee, two drivers, and three health ministry personnel have executed a hostage,” the statement said.

“Action Against Hunger condemns in the strongest terms this assassination and urgently calls for the release of the hostages, with a reminder that they were present in the northeast of the country only to help the most vulnerable.

The organisation also requested that the public “respect the dignity of the victim and the privacy of the families by not sharing images or videos that may circulate on the Internet”.

Immediately release the remaining

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also condemned the killing and appealed to the abductors to immediately release the remaining members of the team, said Eloi Fillion, the head of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria.

“We urge those still holding the members of the humanitarian mission who were kidnapped in July: release them. They are not part of the fight. They are humanitarian workers and health professionals. Nothing can justify doing any harm to them”, said Fillion.

Under international humanitarian law, parties to an armed conflict must spare people not taking part in the hostilities.

Violence against health workers of humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to assistance for people affected by the conflict.

The killing of two health workers in 2018, abducted in Rann profoundly affected ICRC operations in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the ICRC continues to do its utmost to address the huge humanitarian needs of the affected population, Fillion added.

A video surface

A video, showing a victim identified as Grace, surfaced, in July 2018, appealing to the federal government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to assist in securing her release.

Insurgents suspected to be members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) had attacked a convoy of aid workers in Damasak, Borno state, killing a driver before kidnapping six aid workers.

On September 2018, Action Against Hunger was ordered by Nigerian army soldiers to close its main office in Maiduguri, Borno State, 

On Tuesday, another NGO, Mercy Corps offices were shut down by the army,

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