The UK Foreign Ministry (FCO) has confirmed that a British hostage in Nigeria has been killed. Ian Squire was among four Britons kidnapped last month in the oil-rich Delta state in the south of the country.
The British High Commission and Nigerian authorities negotiated the release of the rest of the group. Squire, Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan were taken by suspected militants on October 13. The rural community they were living in was reportedly stormed in the early hours of the morning.
A statement from the FCO said it had been a “traumatic time” for all involved and said support was being provided to the families.
“We are supporting the families of four British people who were abducted on October 13 in Nigeria, one of whom was tragically killed,” it said.
Relatives of the group also issued a statement saying they were “delighted and relieved” that the three had been released, but added:
“Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death. […] This has been a traumatic time for our loved ones who were kidnapped and for their families and friends here in the UK.”
Nigerian authorities are said to be investigating the kidnapping. The UK warns there is a “high threat of criminal kidnap” in the southern state and advises against all but essential travel to the area.