Authorities in Nigeria have confirmed the death of Hauwa Liman, a 24-year old midwife who was abducted along with two colleagues by militants in March.

Liman was abducted alongside Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha during an attack on a military facility in Rann, in Borno State. There are many internally displaced people in the region, and the three women were working as healthcare providers. The group responsible for their abduction is believed to be Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.

The militants killed Khorsa in early September. Loksha, a nurse for UNICEF, is thought to still be alive. The group is also holding Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi schoolgirls. Sharibu has refused to convert to Islam and her parents have told CNN she is “facing a death sentence.”

Reports suggest a ransom was demanded for Liman following Khorsa’s murder, and that she was killed once the deadline had passed. Her execution was filmed and sent to the Cable, a Nigerian news outlet. In the accompanying statement, the militants claimed that the ‘women were apostates because they worked for the Red Cross and Unicef.’


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