United Nations chief condemns killing of aid workers by Boko Haram insurgents

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No fewer than three (3) aid workers have been confirmed killed in a Boko Haram's Thursday night attack in the remote town of Rann in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

In the messages, she informed her friend in Maiduguri that they were under attack and that they had to run to the military base for protection.

An audio recording sent by one of the midwives abducted during the attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Rann, Borno state, has been obtained, Vanguard reports.

Boko Haram fighters killed nine people from the Rann internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in September past year, as they worked on farms just outside the town. It was concerned other civilians may have been killed or injured.

"As I have always maintained, no true religion advocates hurting the innocent".

The U.N. breaks down the numbers: more than 20,000 people have been killed, some 2 million people have fled their homes and more than 7 million people - mostly children - are in need of humanitarian assistance. The third was a doctor employed as a consultant for Unicef.

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IOM official Mohammed Abdiker said staff were "outraged and saddened" by the death of their colleagues.

"We would like to express our honest condolences to the families of all persons killed or injured in the attack, including the families of the humanitarian workers tragically killed or injured in Rann". The government said on Friday that its search for the girls taken in Dapchi, about 250 miles west of Rann, had been extended to neighboring countries.

Meanwhile in a separate statement the Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) also announced a suspension of humanitarian activities Rann.

She noted that all who died in the incident were Nigerians and that the world body would soon issue a statement on the incident.

"To now further attack and kill those offering humanitarian aid is the height of bestiality".

According to her, the crisis is taking place against a wider backdrop of recurrent food shortages and entrenched poverty across Chad, where almost four million people require emergency food assistance and more than 200,000 children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition.

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