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UK diplomat dies after ‘heart attack’ in Lagos airport

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos has died after a suspected heart attack in an airport in Nigeria.

Peter Carter, who was 57, had just arrived in Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport from Houston, Texas, when he collapsed.

The British High Commission in Lagos said he had made an “exceptional contribution” to UK-Nigeria relations.

Mr Carter had served in India, Italy and Israel and was the British Ambassador to Estonia from 2007-12.

In 2000, Mr Carter had also helped to set up diplomatic relations between the UK and North Korea for the first time.

A statement from the British High Commission said: “Peter made an exceptional contribution to the UK’s relationship with Nigeria.

“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.”

Doctors treated him at the airport but were unable to save him.