Posted: March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

One of the hazards of hostage rescue. His government did what they needed to do and made a valiant attempt to get him out. The unfortunate truth is no matter how well you apply speed, surprise and violence of action, you are still subjected to the inadequacies of host-nation forces and the unpredictability of terrorists.

Overseas Civilian Contractors

An Italian and a British hostage kidnapped in May in Nigeria were killed on Thursday by their captors during a joint raid by British and Nigerian forces trying to free them, Italy’s government said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to inform him of the “tragic conclusion” of the operation, a statement said.

The joint forces intervened to free Italian Franco Lamolinara and Briton Christopher McManus, fearing that their lives were under threat, the statement said.

Cameron said it appeared McManus and Lamolinara had been “murdered by their captors before they could be rescued,” the BBC reported.

A witness told Reuters that security forces had tried to force their way into a compound in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria.

“The security agencies tried to break into the house but there was resistance. The people inside the house…

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