Tactics of Boko Haram Faction Raised New Fears with Midwives Murders
October 18, 2018 | Brainwave Science
In Northern Africa IS (the Islamic State) group rekindled new fears by murdering two Muslim midwives. Saifura Ahmed Khorsa, who was shot dead in September, and a month later a 24 year old Hauwa Liman, was also murdered. They both worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when they were kidnapped along with another female aid worker from the town of Rann in March. Behind the abduction were fighters from a Boko Haram faction loyal to IS, who are well-known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Local journalists who have seen the two videos released by the jihadists after the killings say the women, wearing white hijabs, were forced to kneel down with their hands tied. They were then shot from behind at a close range. The militants did not make their demands public. The excuse they gave for killing Ms. Khorsa in September was that they had put forward their demands to the government but they were ignored. The government has not disclosed what the jihadists were demanding. It is unclear why the ICRC would be targeted when it acted as an intermediary between the government and Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok girls in 2017.
In a short statement after the killing of Ms. Liman, ISWAP said the Muslims midwives were killed because they had “abandoned their Islam the moment they chose to work with the Red Cross”. It shows how brutal and intolerant the militants are.
Africa is an important part of the global community. The prospect of transforming and the chances of saving African region from extremism dwindled once, Boko Haram, the most influential Islamic grouping in Nigeria and West Africa, swore allegiance to the ISIL caliphate. As a way of proving its loyalty to ISIL, Boko Haram reportedly sent as many as 200 of its troops to Libya to help ISIL fighters there. The group has also started to emulate Islamic State’s intimidation methods, releasing video clips showing public executions of defectors.
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