Three cooperators and two contractors who work for the American humanitarian NGO FHI360 have been kidnapped in the northeast of Nigeriawhere groups operate jihadistsas confirmed by the organization.
In a statement issued on Thursday that local media reported today, the director of the NGO in Nigeria, Iowakwagh Aperaconfirmed the kidnapping in the town of Ngalain the state of Bornostronghold of the jihadist group boko haram and its split, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the kidnapping of three staff members and two contractors in Ngala,” a city near the Cameroonian border, Apera said.
“We are extremely concerned about our colleagues and we ask for your unconditional, immediate and safe return”, emphasized the director, without providing further details or specifying the date of the event.
“Our priority right now is to support our team and their families. We cannot share any more information,” added Apera, whose NGO has been carrying out humanitarian work in northeastern Nigeria since 2016 and operates in dozens of countries around the world.
The northeast of Nigeria has suffered from the violence of Boko Haram since 2009, which worsened from 2016 with the appearance of its splinter group, the ISWAP.
Both groups seek to impose a islamic court state in Nigeria, a country with a Muslim majority in the north and a predominantly Christian country in the south.
Boko Haram and ISWAP have killed more than 35,000 people and have caused some 2.7 million internally displacedespecially in Nigeria, but also in neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Nigeraccording to government and United Nations data.
(With information from EFE)
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