Boko Haram releases five abducted aid workers
By TVC News Nigeria
16 January 2020 | 3:10 pm
Five aid workers abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in December have been released in Borno state. According to reports, it has not been confirmed if any ransom was paid to secure their release, following a negotiation with the insurgents.
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