Hague: British hostage in Nigeria likely to be dead

UK foreign secretary says British hostage abducted along with six others by an Islamist group "act of cold-blooded murder."

March 10, 2013 17:26
Residents gather at the scene where Briton Chris McManus was killed, March 9, 2012.

Nigerian residents outside hostage house 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Faruk Uumar)

LONDON - A British hostage who was abducted along with six others in Nigeria by an Islamist group in February is believed to be dead, Britain's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

"This was an act of cold-blooded murder, which I condemn in the strongest terms," Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

"It is with deep sadness that I must confirm that a British construction worker ... is likely to have been killed at the hands of his captors, along with six other foreign nationals who we believe were also tragically murdered."

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