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Mercy Corps suspends work after army shuts offices

The Nigerian army has closed the offices of aid group Mercy Corps in the restive northeast, the organisation said on Wednesday, the second international charity to be shut down this month.

It comes days after the army forced another aid agency, Action Against Hunger, to close its office in the region after accusing it of aiding terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State.

“Mercy Corps is suspending operations in Borno and Yobe States, Nigeria, following the closure of four of our field offices by the Nigerian military,” said Amy Fairbairn, its head of media and communications, in a statement.

An AFP reporter witnessed soldiers camped at the entrance to the Mercy Corps’ office in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

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