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Families awaiting Iraq Body ID

Update US Names Hostage Killed in Iraq Alec MacLachlan
Families waiting for Iraq body ID

(UKPA) – 26 minutes ago

The families of the British hostages kidnapped in Baghdad are facing an anxious wait to discover the identity of a body handed to Iraqi authorities.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “deeply saddened” that the body, believed to be a hostage, had been passed to the British embassy in Baghdad.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the “distressing news” would not diminish the Government’s determination to secure the release of the remaining hostages.

It is understood that the body will be that of either Alan McMenemy or Alec MacLachlan, whose families were told by the Government six weeks ago they were “very likely” to be dead. The two were captured in 2007 along with fellow security guards Jason Swindlehurst and Jason Creswell, whose bodies were found earlier this year, and the man they were guarding, IT consultant Peter Moore.

Graham Moore, the father of IT contractor Peter, said he had been told that the body found was not that of his son.

He said: “I got a message from Leicestershire Police this morning and it is definitely not Peter. It’s back to how it was in June, it’s good news for us but bad news for one of the other families unfortunately. I understand the family has been informed but the name hasn’t been released yet.”

A Downing Street spokesman said a process was “now under way to urgently establish identity” of the body.

He said: “The Prime Minister is in close touch with the Iraqi prime minister about this case. He will leave no stone unturned in the Government’s efforts to secure the release of the remaining hostages. The Prime Minister’s thoughts are with their families at this extremely difficult time.”

The five Britons – Mr Moore and his four bodyguards – were seized by about 40 armed men wearing police uniforms at the finance ministry in Baghdad on May 29 2007. The bodies of Mr Swindlehurst, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Mr Creswell, originally from Glasgow, were handed over to Baghdad officials in June.

The families of security guards Mr McMenemy, from Glasgow, and Mr MacLachlan, from Llanelli, south Wales, were told by the Foreign Office in July that their loved ones were “very likely” to have died.

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