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Nigerian midwife killed by militants is mourned

2018-10-17 02:48
The family and colleagues of a Nigerian aid worker who was killed by her Islamist militant kidnappers mourned her death on Tuesday (October 16) as the Red Cross said it had refused to pay a ransom for her release. Earlier, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) named a health worker as 24-year-old midwife Hauwa Mohammed Liman, who worked in a hospital supported by the Geneva-based aid agency. The slain aid worker's father, Mohammed Liman, told Reuters that his daughter wanted to serve humanity and that was why she went to a remote area like Rann. Liman and two other Nigerian aid workers, Alice Loksha and Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, were working in Rann when they were kidnapped by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) in March. The Nigerian government said on Monday (October 15) she was killed after a deadline ISWA had set expired. A senior ICRC official told Reuters it had decided not to pay a ransom as it would set a dangerous precedent for the 16,000 aid workers it deploys in 80 countries worldwide. ISWA, an Islamic State offshoot, split from Boko Haram, the main Islamic militant group in Nigeria, in 2016. Its fighters have killed hundreds of soldiers in attacks in northeastern Nigeria in the past few months. Credit: Reuters