There is growing anger in Italy following the failed attempt to rescue Franco Lamolinara from Nigerian kidnappers.
Apparently the UK did not consult Italy before the operation that lead to Lamolinara’s death.
One newspaper headline refers to a ‘failed British blitz’.
Ordinary Italians are unhappy, like one man in Rome who said: “There needs to be more agreement so this kind of thing doesn’t happen. This is down to a failure in the contact between secret service agencies.”
Another resident of the capital accused the British government: “They were not honest with us. Liberating these people was something that both countries should have done together. Now what can they say to his family?”
“I think they should not have carried out the operation to try to rescue the hostages. Italy should have intervened more energetically,” added another man, who thought Italy should have been more involved.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has held a security committee meeting, and Britain’s actions are being seen by some as a diplomatic slight.