“MSF is shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the death of our colleague, Mohammed Hassan, a 37-year-old nurse employed in Shinkafi, Zamfara province in northwest Nigeria,” the charity wrote in a Twitter message on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague.” MSF in the message called for the respect of civilians and humanitarian workers.
Premium Times reported that Mohammad Hassan, the late MSF nurse, was returning to his work station on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Shinkafi town and was ambushed by terrorists who opened fire on their vehicle on Shinkafi – Kaura Namoda road.
Two passengers killed alongside the humanitarian worker were Ashiru Scamper and the driver of the vehicle, Musa Moriki. Shuaibu Buti, another passenger sustained injuries and is currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Moriki.
Usamah Abubakar, a friend of the murdered humanitarian worker, affirmed the circumstances of his death.
“Hassan lived a life of service to humanity and God, as a life saving professional. For the time I knew him, he was a very humble, calm and honest person,”Abubakar said.
Zamfara has been one of the worst hit in terms of insecurity in Nigeria with reported cases of killing, school abductions and millions displaced in less than a year.
The Nigerian military is reportedly intensifying attacks against the terrorists in Zamfara State to force them to one location in a similar strategy that drove Boko Haram terrorists to Sambisa forest in Borno State.
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