UK's Brown: British hostage thought killed by al-Qaida

June 3, 2009 13:07

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday that a Briton held captive in Mali is believed to have been killed by al-Qaida terrorists. A statement issued in the name of al-Qaida on an Internet site frequently used for extremist messages said the captive, Edwin Dyer, was killed on Sunday. Dyer was abducted in January and his captors in Mali had threatened to kill him by the end of May if Britain refused to release extremist preacher Abu Qatada from prison. Qatada, who remains in jail, has been described in Spanish and British courts as a leading al-Qaida figure in Europe.

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