Nigeria: IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker

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<pIslamic State-linked extremists in Nigeriahealth worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, Nigeria’s government said late Monday.

<pThe government identified her as Hauwa Mohammed Liman, who had been working in a hospital supported by the ICRC.

<pHer death comes a month after a third abducted health worker was killed by the same group, the Islamic State West Africa Province. It has become the largest IS-linked extremist group in Africa.

<pAll three were seized in March in the northeastern community of Rann, where thousands have sought shelter from the extremist threat that includes the Nigeria-based Boko Haram<pThe statement by Nigeria's information minister on Monday said the government was "shocked and saddened" and would continue to work for the safe release of other captives.

<p"The federal government did all within its powers to save her life," the statement said, adding that the government had kept the "line of negotiations" open since the abductions.

<pThe killing in September of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa led to outrage. She was abducted along with Liman and Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked at a center supported by the U.N. children's agency.

<pThe ICRC, which does not pay ransoms, earlier said it had not been directly involved in discussions on the extremists' demands.

<pThe same group of extremists also is holding Leah Sharibu, a student seized in a mass abduction in February. She remains captive while more than 100 of her fellow students were released because she is Christian. Her mother in recent weeks has said her life was in danger.

<pNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who declared that defeating extremism was a top priority when he took power in 2015, in recent days sent three Cabinet ministers to meet with the families of Sharibu and the abducted health workers, his office said.

<pBuhari last month called the killing of Khorsa "an act of extreme barbarism; utterly reprehensible and inhuman."

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