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UK security guards ‘shot dead by Iraq captors’

Three British security guards were shot dead by their captors in Iraq about a year after being seized by an armed gang in 2007, an inquest has heard.

BBC NewsJune 21, 2011

Jason Creswell (l), Alec MacLachlan (c) and Jason Swindlehurst were captured in Iraq in May 2007

A coroner ruled Alec MacLachlan, 30, of Carmarthenshire, Jason Swindlehurst, 38, of Lancs, and Jason Creswell, 39, of Glasgow, were unlawfully killed.

They had been in Baghdad protecting IT consultant Peter Moore, who was also captured but later released.

Fellow guard Alan McMenemy was abducted too and is now believed to be dead.

The inquest in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, heard that on 29 May 2007, the four security guards, armed with automatic rifles and pistols, collected Mr Moore and another IT consultant, Peter Donkin, from their accommodation in Baghdad’s green zone.

They were escorted to the ministry of finance where the pair were installing a new IT system.

But that morning between 50 and 100 armed men dressed in police and military uniforms entered the building and took the four guards and Mr Moore hostage, the coroner’s court heard.

Det Ch Insp Mark Moles, who led the investigation into their deaths, said the militia pulled their weapons on the guards only at the “last second”.

“It gave them no chance to challenge them and sadly they were very quickly overpowered,” he said.

“Even as highly trained, ex-military close-protection officers, they could have taken no action to prevent their kidnap

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June 21, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractors Kidnapped, Iraq, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Father running to raise money in memory of Iraq tragedy son

A worker at Shropshire-based wine merchants Tanners whose son was kidnapped and executed in Iraq is preparing to run the London Marathon this weekend in his memory.

Shropshire Star April 15, 2011

Alec Maclachlan was killed in the war-torn country following a lengthy abduction. The 30-year-old was working as a security guard when he was abducted along with four other Britons by Shi’ite militants in a raid on Iraq’s finance ministry in 2007.

His body was handed over to British authorities in 2009.

Now, Alec’s father Colin Maclachlan, who is business development manager for Tanners Wines in the Mid Wales area, is preparing for the gruelling 26.2 mile event this weekend to ensure his son’s memory lives on.

He is raising cash for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, a national organisation which supports soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

Colin, who is in his 60s, was due to be joined by his other son Ross, 34, but the soldier has been called out at short notice to serve in Afghanistan.

“I have done a few half marathons before but never a full marathon,” said Colin.

“I am doing this because Alec had his best times in the Army. He had served in Iraq and wanted to go back and rebuild the country. The very people he was trying to help are the ones who killed him which I find so sad.”

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Iraq | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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