Open Doors is calling for urgent prayer as news breaks of Boko Haram’s execution of a kidnapped aid worker and threat to kill kidnapped Nigerian Christian teenager Leah Sharibu and three other hostages.
The Islamic extremist group recently released a video of the killing of a 25-year-old midwife with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The young woman, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was abducted on March 1, during an attack on the northeastern town of Rann near the Cameroon border. In the same video, reportedly a spokesperson for the group also threatens Leah Sharibu’s life.
In the video, seen by the Nigerian online magazine The Cable, the insurgents claim they had contacted the government over the captives with no response.
“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages, but the government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a group spokesman. “The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu.”
The two other female aid workers, also kidnapped in the Rann attack, are Hauwa Mohammed Liman, another midwife working for ICRC, and Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a nurse working with Unicef, and mother of two.