A British hostage abducted in Nigeria has reportedly been killed, while three others were released to return home safely.
Confirming the latest development in the abduction case which occurred on October 13, the Foreign Office in London on Monday announced that one of the four abducted foreigners who were working with a Christian medical charity in charge of providing free health treatment in Delta state identified as Ian Squire was killed.
The three other abducted persons identified as Alanna Carson, David Donovan and his wife Shirley were however reported to have survived the kidnapping.
The families of the abductees in a statement released through the Foreign Office said: “We are grateful for the support received by the British High Commission, and help from the Nigerian authorities in negotiating their release.”
The statement continued: “We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. 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.”
Speaking on the death and release of three other abductees, a spokeswoman with the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the families of four British people who were abducted on October 13 in Nigeria, one of whom was tragically killed.
“Our staff will continue to do all we can to support the families.
“We are grateful to the Nigerian authorities, and are unable to comment given the ongoing nature of their investigations.”