UNICEF Chief of Communication, Doune Porter

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have condemned the killings of aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents in Rann village, Borno state.

UNICEF and IOM made this known on Friday in a statement by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa and Mohammed Abdiker, IOM Director of Operations and Emergencies.

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Poirier said: “UNICEF is shocked by the attack in Rann, Borno State, in which four aid workers lost their lives, three were injured and one is reportedly missing.

“One of these brave workers who lost their lives, and the nurse who is missing, were on the frontline providing critical services supported by UNICEF.

“The two others who were killed were working for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

“We strongly condemn this attack on selfless aid professionals, who were working in the most difficult humanitarian conditions.

“Alarmingly, the number of attacks on aid workers is increasing around the world, and we must stand together to reaffirm our commitment to protect them. Humanitarian workers should never be a target.

“UNICEF offers its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to all IOM staff members. We will continue to work with the Government to ensure safe return of those missing.”

Also reacting, Abdiker said; “a large number of Boko Haram members armed with automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades and gun trucks attacked the military base in Rann.

“IOM staff reported that during the incident, four soldiers, four mobile police and three humanitarian workers were killed and another three humanitarian workers were injured.

“Two of those killed were IOM field colleagues.

“We are outraged and saddened at the killings of two of our colleagues in an attack by Boko Haram in North East Nigeria last evening.

“They represented the best in us in assisting displaced civilians. We will miss them.’’