British aid worker killed by Taliban named

Posted on 12:34 AM by Sameer Shah

A British aid worker has been killed in Afghanistan when her vehicle was ambushed by Taliban fighters.

Dr Jacqueline Kirk, 40, was among three aid workers from the International Rescue Committee killed in the attack.

The aid workers were attacked as they travelled through Logar province to Kabul despite their vehicle being clearly marked with the IRC logo, said a spokesman for the New York-based charity.

Though raised in the UK, Dr Kirk, formerly of the University of Ulster, had moved to Quebec in Canada and had dual citizenship.

She had been affiliated to the university's International Conflict Research centre, where her research focused particularly on conflict and peace building.

The other female aid workers were a Canadian and a Trinidadian-American who died along with their Afghan driver.

The charity said it would be suspending humanitarian aid duties in Afghanistan after 20 years operating in the country.

IRC President George Rupp said: "We are stunned and profoundly saddened by this tragic loss.

"These extraordinary individuals were deeply committed to aiding the people of Afghanistan, especially the children who have seen so much strife.

"Words are inadequate to express our sympathy for the families and loved ones of the victims and our devoted team of humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan."

Five Islamic militant gunmen stepped out of a small village area and fired at the IRC vehicle on the main road.

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