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Jihadists Release Five Kidnapped Aid Workers In Nigeria

Austin Papi

On Thursday, Islamic State-aligned jihadists released from their threshold, five local aid workers who were abducted last month in the Northeast region of Nigeria.

This release was made known to newsmen through security sources and one of those freed.

The aid workers were kidnapped along with some passengers. The abduction was carried out in December when fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) disguised themselves as soldiers.

They thwarted vehicles on highways outside the Borno state capital of Maiduguri and captured the passengers.

ISWAP is a terrorist sect that was conformed from Boko Haram in 2016, they focused on targeting military installations and troops since the wake of 2018.

However, these Jihadists have recently taken a stint for attacking innocent civilians as there has been a substantial increase in attacks on civilians purported by the ISWAP.

The decade-long jihadist conflict in the northeast region of Nigeria is said to have claimed the lives of over 35,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.

According to information from a security source, the five aid workers were released after days of quiet negotiations with ISWAP.

The source added that the hostages were identified as local staff under international humanitarian agencies, whose job is to provide aid to thousands of people displaced by the violence in the northeast region.

Asabe Musa, a hygiene specialist with ALIMA (Alliance for International Medical Action), a French NGO, who was among the five freed hostages disclosed,

”Two of us are from ALIMA, one each from Red Cross, Solidarity and IOM (International Office for Migration).

"We were first taken to the DSS headquarters before we were handed over to our various agencies,"

"We are all in good health. I and my colleagues are now at ALIMA office here in Maiduguri where we are staying for the night."

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