China lodges protest over killing in Nigeria

2012-10-22 11:47


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Beijing - China said on Monday it had lodged a diplomatic protest over the fatal shooting of a Chinese worker in Nigeria and demanded that the African nation take "concrete measures" to better protect its nationals.

Gunmen shot dead the Chinese construction worker in the violence-torn city of Maiduguri on Friday last week, the second killing of a Chinese national in the region this month.

"China's foreign ministry pays high attention to this [incident]," ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters.

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria immediately submitted a formal protest and "demanded that Nigeria take concrete measures to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals and institutions in the country," he said.

A Nigerian official confirmed last week that the Chinese worker was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at a construction site in the north-eastern Borno state, which has been hit hard by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

On 7 October, gunmen killed a Chinese national who was working for a construction company in the town of Gubio, near Maiduguri.

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