British hostage 'unlawfully killed' by captors in Nigeria

A British hostage was killed by his captors as Special Forces were storming the building where he was being held, a coroner has concluded.

Christopher McManus
Christopher McManus Credit: Reuters

28-year-old Christopher McManus had been working as a Quantity Surveyor in northern Nigeria when he was taken hostage with an Italian colleague in May 2011. They were shot dead ten months later just minutes into a rescue attempt.

Coroner David Ridley, recording a verdict of unlawful killing, said he had 'no doubt' the hostages were killed by one of two insurgents seen fleeing the building.

The inquest heard Christopher suffered multiple bullet wounds consistent with an AK47 assault rifle.

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Nigeria hostage death unlawful

A British hostage unlawfully killed by his captors as Special Forces were storming the building where he was being held, a coroner has concluded.