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.

View all 7 updates ›

Failed rescue operation caused row with Italy

Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara was killed by his captors after being taken hostage in Nigeria. Credit: PA

The failed rescue operation caused a diplomatic row between Britain and Italy after Italian president Giorgio Napolitano said it was "inexplicable" that Downing Street had not alerted Rome to the plan to rescue the men in advance.

But Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted it had been impossible to inform the Italian authorities in advance.

Mr McManus, 28, was working for the construction company B.Stabilini when he was kidnapped on May 12 by gunmen who stormed his apartment in the city of Birnin-Kebbi, about 110 miles away from Sokoto.

Mr Lamolinara was also abducted. A German colleague managed to escape by scaling a wall, but a Nigerian engineer was shot and wounded.

More top news