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Abducted Humanitarian Worker Escapes From ISWAP Captivity

A male Nigerian Nurse abducted by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) since January 2020 has escaped captivity, following military bombardments of the terrorist camps in Lake Chad.

The nurse whose name and organisation is not yet known was able to flee to safety from captivity to a village in Niger Republic. HumAngle gathered that several other captives also escaped, but their whereabouts remain unknown.

Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and partner nations recently stepped up air and artillery strikes on ISWAP positions in the Lake Chad area.

Colonel Muhammad Dole, MNJTF Chief of Military Public Information in a statement said the MNJTF facilitated the return of a Nigerian Nurse who was abducted by ISWAP and held in captivity since the beginning of 2020.

“The nurse held captive in one of ISWAP’s strongholds in Lake Chad bolted to safety, in the aftermath of a joint air interdiction conducted by the MNJTF and national partners”.

According to the Nurse, “after bombs and rockets from the aircraft landed and everywhere exploded in flames, both terrorists and hostages ran for dear life.

“I had to take my chance. I am grateful to God that I was able to escape.”

“The airlift and handover of the nurse to Nigerian authorities was preceded by a medical examination conducted to determine the state of health of the victim after spending eight months in the horrific and squalid conditions which he had to endure during the period of his captivity in ISWAP enclave,” said the MNJTF spokesman.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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