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The liberation operation goes wrong, the 2 European hostages killed

(B2) The operation carried out by British and Nigerian forces aimed at freeing two hostages – one British Chris McManus, the other Italian Franco Lamolinara – ended badly. The two hostages are dead. They were kidnapped on May 12 in Birnin Kebbi in northern Nigeria, near the Niger border, where they worked for a construction company. The Islamist movement Boko Haram is believed to be behind these events. A death confirmed by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in a press release. " It is with great regret that I must say that Chris and Franco lost their lives. We are still awaiting confirmation of the details, but early indications clearly indicate that both men were murdered by their captors, before they could be rescued. » The Prime Minister also clarified why the operation had been attempted. “After months of not knowing where they were being held, we received credible information about where (they were being held). A window of opportunity presented itself to secure their release. " And " we had (every) reason to believe that their lives were in imminent and growing danger. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).