İrem UZUN -TDO- Five humanitarian workers have been killed in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno after they were kidnapped last month, charity called the Action Against Hunger (ACF) said on Wednesday. "We confirm with deep sadness the assassination of Ishaku Yakubi, a Monguno-based employee of Action Against Hunger, as well as of four other humanitarian workers", the charity group said in a statement.
The announcement came after insurgents affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group released a video online purporting to show the execution of the five Nigerian men. "This unjustifiable killing reflects the immense difficulty faced by independent and impartial humanitarian actors, and the violence we are exposed to every day to fulfil our mission," ACF said. Aid group International Rescue Committee (IRC) confirmed that one of its employees was also among those killed. "The IRC strongly condemns the senseless execution of our colleague, Luka Filibus, and his fellow humanitarian captives," it said. "We condemn this barbaric treatment and demand the immediate return of his remains to his family," it added.
The group's decade-long insurgency has left thousands of dead, displaced many more and resulted in a humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria. Aid workers have frequently been targeted, especially by a Boko Haram splinter group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State group. According to the BBC, in a video released last month the hostages did not name either Islamic State or Boko Haram but referred to their captors as soldiers of the "khalifa". Previously, captives have used the term to refer to Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap), rather than Boko Haram.