Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has released several humanitarian workers and civilians abducted during attacks in Northeast Nigeria.
HumAngle understands that the aid workers were freed by the group on Monday alongside other civilian captives after negotiations.
Among those released is an employee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) abducted along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road in January.
HumAngle understands that the group also released a senior Christian cleric, Reverend Zango, one Barka Wasinda, a former employee of the Nigerian Ports Authority, and some aid workers abducted from a facility in Dikwa in March.
During the attack in March, the terror group overran the town, destroyed support facilities, including a primary health care centre, and also laid siege at the United Nations humanitarian hub, which forced aid workers to seek shelter in a bunker.
The United Nations suspended operations in response to the attacks on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, affecting humanitarian assets and personnel.
HumAngle has learned that the aid workers and the other freed persons are receiving medical support.
More than 37,000 people have been killed, and millions have been displaced by the Boko Haram conflict, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’ security tracker.
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