Gordon Brown has called for the immediate release of group of Britons being held hostage in Iraq. It comes after a video appearing to show one of the detainees was made available to the Sunday Times newspaper.
In it, a man named as Alan, said the psychological effects of being locked up are taking their toll on his health. A toll said to have forced another detainee known as Jason to kill himself according to the militants.
Speaking during a visit to Israel, the British Prime Minister said: “We will work with the Iraqi government to secure their release and we will do everything in our power to work with all those who are in a position to help us release these hostages. These men have suffered enough.”
The group which took the five men hostage in May last year says it wants British troops out of Iraq. Britain’s foreign office says it is working hard to verify the authenticity of the latest video but it is treating the claims as serious.