UN: British hostage's remains identified in Lebanon

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November 23, 2009 23:28

The remains of British hostage Alec Collett, who disappeared in 1985 during Lebanon's civil war while working for the United Nations, have been positively identified, the UN announced Monday. Experts began searching for Collett's remains last week in the eastern Bekaa Valley, which during the 1975-90 civil war was a lawless region of banditry and kidnapping. Lebanese security officials said two bodies were discovered near the village of Aita al-Foukhar and samples were sent for DNA testing in Beirut. UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had been informed of the positive identification of Collett's remains. Britain's Foreign Office also confirmed Monday that a set of remains recovered last week belonged to Collett.

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