British hostage is killed as three others are freed after being kidnapped in Nigeria

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A British hostage has been killed and three others freed after being kidnapped in Nigeria, it has emerged. Ian Squire was among four Christian charity workers seized in the early hours of October 13 while working as missionaries in the country’s southern Delta state.

The British High Commission and Nigerian authorities negotiated the release of three others – Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan. The circumstances surrounding Mr Squire’s death, three weeks after his kidnap, were not immediately clear.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are supporting the families of four British people who were abducted on October 13 in Nigeria, one of whom was tragically killed. ‘This has clearly been a traumatic time for all concerned, and 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.’

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