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Insurgents Abduct Aid Worker In Northeast Nigeria

An Infiltration team breached the security of Monguno town in northern Borno and abducted an aid worker and two guards.

Insurgents on Friday, March 10, infiltrated the northern Borno town of Monguno in northeast Nigeria, raiding an Aid organisation compound and abducting a humanitarian worker and two guards.  

At least seven armed Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents were reported to have breached the compound and abducted the victims. 

Monguno has previously experienced at least two infiltration incidents. In Sept. 2019, multiple armed insurgents raided a medical facility supported by an aid organisation and stole money and valuables after threatening the workers. 

In Sept. 2020, four insurgents entered the home of an aid worker and attempted to extort money from him. 

The incident in Monguno on Thursday marks the second use of the infiltration tactics to target and abduct personnel in a humanitarian compound within the last two weeks in the Lake Chad region.

On Feb. 25, three aid workers and two guards were abducted at a guesthouse in Cameroon’s Fotokol area near the border with Nigeria. 

The use of discreet infiltration teams capable of bypassing security networks around garrison towns could exacerbate the risks facing aid workers and hinder the delivery of badly needed aid assistance. 

Aid workers in the region are already at risk during large scale attacks, and vehicle checkpoints are mounted to screen passengers.

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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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