| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Ten captives freed by Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria: sources

Ten people who had been held captive by Islamist militants were released this week in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, 2 close associates of those released and 3 security sources told Reuters.

According to the sources, the people, including aid workers, had been taken by Boko Haram over the past year. They were released at around noon (1100 GMT) on Monday and were transported to a hospital in Borno state capital Maiduguri.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a rival militant group to Boko Haram, had freed the hostages after finding them in a Boko Haram camp, the sources said,  but it was not immediately clear why they freed them.

UNHCR spokesman Roland Schoenbauer announced that one of their staff workers, Idriss Abubakar Garba, who was kidnapped on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway road in January, was among those freed.

Schoenbauer said when reached by phone: “We are relieved at his safe return.”

  • Reuters