Islamist militants have abducted four international aid workers and a private security worker in northeast Nigeria, one of the world's most dangerous regions.
In a video posted Monday by Reuters, each of the hostages identified themselves and mentioned the organizations they worked for, including Action Against Hunger, International Rescue Committee, and REACH. One hostage named Luka Filibus asked for help.
"I am appealing to the International Rescue Committee to come and rescue me," Filibus said.
While the hostages did not directly reference either ISIS or the Boko Haram terrorist groups in their statements, they identified their abductors as "soldiers of the Khalifa," a phrase often used to describe the Islamic State rather than Boko Haram.
🔦 Nigerian police have largely abandoned more rural areas like the northeast region, settling on an approach of defending major cities known as "super camps." Despite claiming that the strategy is working, significant portions of Nigeria, including countrysides and major roadways, are now considered extremely unsafe.