On Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced that Boko Haram has killed aid worker Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa. She was abducted in March alongside two colleagues – Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha – during an attack on a military facility in Rann, in Borno State.

The three health workers had been working at a UNICEF-supported facility, providing maternal healthcare to the growing population of refugees. The UN and Médecins Sans Frontières suspended work in Rann as a result of the attack, which killed at least 11 people.

Sahara Reporters states that Ahmed was shot from behind by ‘a member of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.‘ She leaves behind a young daughter and son.

A hostage video of the three women was released in August, in which they begged President Buhari to rescue them. In a letter they wrote in May, the women said that they were nurses and midwives, and that they ‘were captured by Junudul Khalifa under Abu Musab Albarnawi.’ The statements released by the ICRC and the UN in the wake of the killing are the first public announcements since the abduction.


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