One British hostage has been killed and three others set free after being kidnapped in
Nigeria, the Foreign Office (FCO) has confirmed.
The four Britons were abducted at around 2am local time from a small community in the south of the country on October 13.
One of them, Ian Squire, was killed before their release could be negotiated. The other three, David Donovan, his wife Shirley
Donovan and Alanna Carson, were set free following intervention by the British High
Commission and Nigerian authorities.
It is understood that Mr Squire and his fellow Christian charity workers were working as
missionaries when they were abducted from their accommodation in Delta State.
The FCO said it had been “a traumatic time for all concerned”.
A statement issued on behalf of all the families involved said: “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. We would therefore ask that the media respect our privacy as we come to terms with the news.
We will not be making any further comment.”
A FCO spokesperson said: “We are supporting the families of four British people who were
abducted on October 13 in Nigeria, one of whom was
“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.”