Nigerian Islamist militants free 3 aid workers, other civilian hostages -U.N.

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Jan 16, 2020 at 8:26 AM
  • Islamist militants released three aid workers and other civilians in northeast Nigeria who had been held hostage since late December, a United Nations official said on Thursday.
  • Islamist militants have waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has killed 36,000 people since 2009 and left 7.1 million people needing humanitarian assistance.
  • Boko Haram, a group seeking a separate state in northeast Nigeria adhering to a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, began the insurgency.