Nigerian soldier kills aid worker, injures UN pilot

A Nigerian soldier has shot and wounded a United Nations helicopter co-pilot then killed a humanitarian worker and a fellow soldier at a military base in northeastern Nigeria.

At a military base in northeastern Nigeria, a Nigerian soldier shot and hurt a UN helicopter co-pilot, then killed a humanitarian worker and a fellow soldier.

The Nigerian Army confirmed this in a tweet on Thursday night.

The co-pilot was hurt while working for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the northeast, where the military is fighting armed groups like Boko Haram and its offshoots like the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Samson Nantip Zhakom, a spokesman for the Army’s counterinsurgency operation, said that the soldier, who was not named, then shot and killed a worker from one of the organizations that helps people in the area and then turned on a fellow soldier.

“Own troops on the ground immediately neutralized the errant personnel,” Zhakom said, adding that the injured co-pilot had been stabilized at a hospital.

It wasn’t clear immediately what caused the attack, but Zhakom said a probe was already underway.

UNHAS helps humanitarian workers get to and from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the center of the conflict, by giving them rides.

A witness told the Reuters news agency that the soldier walked up to a UNHAS helicopter inside a military base in Damboa and shot the co-pilot as he tried to escape. He then turned around and shot at some aid workers trying to get into the helicopter.

The UNHAS said that until further notice, all helicopter trips to and from the field had been suspended.