March 10, 2012

Hostage rescue ends in tragedy: Briton executed by captors as special forces close in on Al Qaeda gang's lair

  • British Chris McManus and Italian Franco Lamolinara were captured by kidnappers in May while working in northern Nigeria
  • Two videos showing the hostages pleading for their lives while under armed guard were released by their captors
  • PM David Cameron authorised the rescue mission as the pair's lives were in 'imminent and growing danger'
  • But the kidnappers killed the two men as members of the Special Boat Service and Royal Marine commandos moved in on their hideout
By David Williams and James Chapman
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