A British and an Italian hostage kidnapped in Nigeria have been killed by their captors.
The construction workers Christopher McManus and Italian Franco Lamolinara
died during a joint rescue raid by British and Nigerian special forces.
The pair were kidnapped in May 2011.
A group calling itself ‘Al Qaeda in the land beyond the Sahel’ claimed responsibility for the kidnappings and killings.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the decision was taken to launch the operation as the government feared for the hostages lives.
David Cameron called his Italian counterpart Mario Monti to inform him of the tragedy.