Crime and Security

25 aid workers trapped as Boko Haram attack UN hub in Borno

25 aid workers trapped as Boko Haram attack UN hub in Borno

 

No fewer than 25 aid workers were trapped when a faction of Boko Haram linked to the Islamic State attacked a UN base and overran a humanitarian hub in Borno state.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were said to have invaded the town of Dikwa in Borno state. They reportedly dislodged troops from the military base and set the humanitarian hub ablaze.

AFP reported that 25 aid workers were trapped in the hub during the attack. A humanitarian source was quoted as saying;

“We have 25 staff sheltering in the bunker which is under siege by the militants… but so far no staff has been affected.”

The Nigerian military were said to have deployed fighter jets and a helicopter gunship, to help repel the attackers.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres confirmed that there was a “security incident” but declined to give further details.

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