British aid worker killed in ISIS suicide attack in Idlib restaurant

Abdul Haq (Patrick Liu), 46, with Syrian children in Idlib.

A British aid worker has been killed in an ISIS suicide attack in Syria’s north-western region of Idlib.  

Abdul Haq, also known as Patrick Liu, was a convert to Islam, and was a former healthcare nurse from East London.

The 46-year-old was killed in a suicide attack believed to have been carried out by ISIS in on Friday 1 March.

The attack took place whilst Abdul Haq was helping out as a cook in the Fusion restaurant in Idlib, which supports orphans and widows.

He was also a trustee of the British charity ‘Anaya Aid’ from February 2014 t0 February 2016.

Abdul Haq travelled on the first and biggest British aid convoy to Syria in 2015.

After he became affected by the plight of the Syrian people, Abdul Haq decided to leave his job and move to Syria to work for Anaya Aid.

The former nurse dealt with aid distribution and the documentation required to fulfil regulatory requirements.

After stepping down from Anaya Aid, Abdul Haq became a freelance aid worker and established a charity called CHUGS in Syria.

He leaves behind an expectant wife and a child in Syria, and children by his former wife in the Britain. His family have been notified of his death.

The chair of Anaya Aid, Mohammed T Malik, said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a colleague who was loved by all, who worked with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

“He was brave man who left his comfortable life and job in the UK to help victims of war. The incident shows the ongoing risk to aid workers from warring factions in Syria. He will be dearly missed”.

Here is a video of the aftermath of the suicide attack which was filmed by humanitarian group Live Updates from Syria: https://www.facebook.com/liveupdatesfromsyria/videos/318929915475272/

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