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UN demands release of 3 aid workers abducted by Boko Haram


Paramedics and volunteers evacuate the body of a suicide bomber on June 21, 2018 in Maiduguri.<br />Fifteen people were injured when two female suicide bombers targeted the edge of a military barracks in northeast Nigeria, police said on June 21, 2018. Soldiers shot dead one woman as she tried to get into the informal market at the base of 333 Artillery Nigerian Army in Maiduguri on June 20 evening. / AFP PHOTO / AUDU MARTE

The United Nation (UN), Friday, demands the immediate release of three aid workers abducted while providing humanitarian support at Rann, Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno.

Mr Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, made the call during a courtesy call on Gov. Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Rann, a village of about 150km West of Maiduguri, camping Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), came under attack in March this year by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

The insurgents reportedly killed some security personnel and abducted some aid workers.
Kallon, who made the condemnation to mark the World Humanitarian Day, said the aid workers were abducted while providing medical outreach to persons displaced by Boko Haram.

“A member of NEMA was killed in Damasak last week. These fatalities are a stark reminder of this dangerous reality for all humanitarians,’’ the UN envoy said.

Kallon urged parties to the conflict to enable the work of humanitarian workers to facilitate their access to people in need, in line with the international humanitarian law.

Besides, he urged the government of Nigeria to protect humanitarian workers providing services for persons affected by conflicts

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