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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