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British aid worker among two people shot dead at Nigerian resort

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Two people including a British aid worker were shot dead and four tourists abducted from a resort in northwestern Nigeria in an attack on Friday, police said.

Gunmen stormed the Kajuru Castle Resort, 60 kilometers southeast of Kaduna City at 11.40 pm (2240 GMT) on Friday, Kaduna state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo told reporters on Sunday.

The unnamed British expatriate worker “was gunned down from the hill by the kidnappers who tried to gain entrance into the castle but failed,” Sabo said.

“They took away about five other locals but one person escaped,” he added.

A Nigerian man believed by local residents in Kajuru to be the British woman’s partner was killed in the attack, where a group of 13 tourists had arrived from Lagos, southwest Nigeria the police spokesman said.

In Kaduna and the wider northwest region, kidnapping for ransom has become an increasing threat as well as on the road to the capital, Abuja, where armed attacks have thrived.