The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed the death of Ian Squire, a missionary who was abducted on October 13th alongside fellow Brits Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan. These three have been released.

The group were taken from their accommodation by gunmen in the early hours of the 13th. They were working for a charity called ‘New Foundations’ and were providing medical care at the time of their abduction. The Donovans have reportedly lived in Nigeria for fourteen years, and run the charity in question. Local police reported that they were not informed that the four were working in the area.

The circumstances of Squire’s death remain unknown. There have been suggestions that the abduction was in response to Operation Crocodile Smile – a recent effort by authorities to crackdown on militants in the Niger Delta area.

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