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ISWAP Releases Aide Workers, Christian Cleric, Others, Captured By Boko Haram In Borno

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has released several humanitarian workers and civilians abducted during attacks by Boko Haran in Borno State and other parts of the Northeast.

According to reports, the aid workers were freed by the group today, June 14 alongside other civilian captives, after negotiations.

Among those released is a staff of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees abducted along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road in Jan Idris Alooma.

The group also released a senior Christian cleric Reverend Zango and one Barka Wasinda a former staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority and some aid workers abducted from a facility in Dikwa in March.

It was observed that Dikwa, which lies about 90 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State  capital, was targeted in a series of attacks by Boko Haram, led by late Abubakar Shekau in March, April and May, and recently in June.

During the Attack in March, the terror group overran the town, destroyed support facilities, including a primary health care centre, and also laid siege at the United Nations humanitarian hub, which forced aid workers to seek shelter in a bunker.

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The United Nations suspended operations in response to the attacks on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, affecting humanitarian assets and personnel.

The aid workers and the other freed persons are currently receiving medical support.

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