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UN worker killed by single shot

PUBLISHED: 20:00 02 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:08 03 March 2010

UN aid worker Iain Hook may have died from a single gun shot wound to his abdomen an inquest heard today.

The inquest into the death of Felixstowe man Mr Hook was opened and adjourned at Ipswich Crown Court.

UN aid worker Iain Hook may have died from a single gun shot wound to his abdomen an inquest heard today.

The inquest into the death of Felixstowe man Mr Hook was opened and adjourned at Ipswich Crown Court.

Mr Hook, 54, was caught in cross-fire while trying to save colleagues when gunmen opened fire in a West Bank refugee camp in Israel where he was working. He had been working at the camp for just six weeks.

At the inquest, headed by Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean, Mr Hook's wife Catherine and two sons Nicholas and Julian sat quietly.

An international investigation is now being conducted into the incident. Home Office Pathologist Michael Heath said that investigations are still being made into the cause of his death.

Detective inspector Jim Keeble from Suffolk Police confirmed that he is working with Israeli authorities to ascertain the exact circumstances of Mr Hook's death.

He said that no one knew how long the investigation would take but other precedence to follow include the death of Julie Ward, who died in Kenya and that of Helen Smith, who allegedly died during a fall in Saudi Arabia.

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