Three aid workers who had been kidnapped by an armed group in Nigeria have been released.
The people were kidnapped on December 22, by soldiers who were posing as security officers. The group stopped a convoy of commercial trucks that were heading to the city of Maiduguri.
“I am deeply relieved that some civilians, including three aid workers, who were abducted by non-state armed groups along the Monguno – Maiduguri road on 22 December 2019 have been released yesterday and are now safe,” UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, confirmed on Thursday.
Armed groups are reported to have killed more than 35,000 people in the last ten years. The uprising has also left more than 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) are among the dominant armed groups in the region.