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British embassy in Baghdad receives last body of five hostages kidnapped in 2007

01-21-2012 11:00 BJT

LONDON, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday night confirmed the last body of five British hostages kidnapped in 2007 has been handed to the British embassy in Baghdad.

"It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the British embassy in Baghdad received a body today that has been identified as Alan McMenemy, who was kidnapped in Baghdad in 2007, along with four other men," the prime minister said in a statement.

McMenemy was a security guard from Glasgow, Scotland. He was snatched along with three other guards and an IT expert by militants posing as police at the Iraqi Finance Ministry in May 2007.

Peter Moore, the IT expert, was the only hostage released alive at the end of 2009. The bodies of three other guards, Jason Swindlehurst, Jason Creswell and Alec MacLachlan were returned earlier in the year.

McMenemy's family said they "have suffered terrible uncertainty and distress over the past four years and eight months" and "have worried about Alan every single minute of each waking day."

Six months after the kidnapping in 2007, the kidnappers released a tape threatening to kill one of the hostages as a "first warning" unless the British forces leave Iraq within 10 days.

On Feburary 2008, a second video from the kidnappers showed a man, who gives his name as Peter Moore, appealing to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to free nine Iraqis held by coalition forces in exchange for the hostages' freedom.

A third video tape in July 2008 claimed one of the hostages known only as Jason has died because of suicide.

Two bodies, confirmed to be those of security guards Jason Swindlehurst and Jason Creswell, were handed to British authorities in June 2009. Later in September, the body of Alec MacLachlan was flown back to Britain.

Moore was released from captivity in Iraq on December 30, 2009.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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