A British aid worker has been killed at a resort in Nigeria, in the northern city of Kaduna.

Faye Mooney was working in the country for Mercy Corps, a non-governmental organisation.

She had travelled to Kaduna from Lagos as a tourist and had attended a party before the outbreak of violence late on Friday.

“Some suspected kidnappers armed with dangerous weapons gained entry into a recreational resort called Kajuru Castle in Kajuru local government area shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead two persons, including an expatriate lady, and took away three others,” a spokesperson for Kaduna state police said.

A Nigerian man was also killed and three others were abducted during the violence, a spokesperson for the British High Commission said.

Mercy Corp paid tribute to Ms Mooney in a statement published on Sunday.

“We are utterly heartbroken,” a spokesperson for the aid organisation said.

“A graduate of University College London and the London School of Economics who had taught in Iraq and worked in Kosovo to combat human trafficking, Faye was deeply committed to fostering cross-cultural collaboration and was an inspiration to us all.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by this senseless tragedy, including her family, friends and all of our team members in Nigeria who knew her and loved her.”

Kidnappings occur frequently in Nigeria, where locals and tourists alike are targeted for ransom.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the incident and the kidnappers have yet to be identified, police said.

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The British High Commission said it would not speculate on the motive or nature of attack.

“We are engaging with the Nigerian authorities, and we understand an investigation is underway,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.

Ms Mooney’s next-of-kin have been notified about her death.

Police officers have not named the Nigerian man who was killed.

Additional reporting by agencies

Fonte: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/faye-mooney-nigeria-aid-worker-mercy-corps-kidnapping-a8880616.html

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