Militants kill at least 3 aid workers in Nigeria

Faith Castro
March 3, 2018

Boko Haram militants attacked a military base in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, killing three United Nations aid workers and leaving another missing, United Nations officials said Friday.

Residents of Rann, who are at the IDP camps told newsmen on Friday, that the attack on Thursday night at the military location in Rann left many casualties on the side of the Nigerian military. All those killed, injured or missing were Nigerian. A local nurse was also injured.

Four soldiers and four police officers were killed, according to the Nigerian security reports.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari says the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann, Borno has shown that the Boko Haram insurgents are godless, brutish, and utterly to be despised.

The government said on Friday that it was extending to neighbouring countries the search for the girls taken in Dapchi, which is some 400 km (250 miles) west of Rann.

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Rann is located some 175 kilometres (110 miles) east of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, near the border with Cameroon and communications, are hard.

The third was a doctor employed as a consultant for UNICEF. "Two of those killed were IOM field staffers", said Millman.

Rann, where almost 80,000 people are living and supported with humanitarian assistance, has been vulnerable to attacks before.

Boko Haram fighters killed nine people from the Rann internally displaced persons camp in September past year, as they worked on farms just outside the town.

The coordinator noted that the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria's north-east, that had spilled over into the Lake Chad region was one of the most severe in the world today.

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