8 March 2012
The men — a Briton and an Italian — were killed by their captors. A Nigerian official said the two died in the crossfire during the rescue attempt, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
One British and one Italian hostage held in
Nigeria have been killed during a rescue attempt by Nigerian and forces, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday, March 8, 2012. Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara were captured in northern U.K. in May 2011. Nigeria
Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara were taken captive in May. The pair had been working on a bank construction project in
, a country that has seen a rise in violence linked to the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Nigeria
The British prime minister said that after months of not knowing where the men were,
authorities had “received credible information about their location.” Believing the men’s lives were in “imminent and growing danger,” a rescue operation was mounted, Cameron said. U.K.