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.

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Inquest into death of Brit in failed rescue operation

Chris McManus. Credit: Reuters

An inquest will resume today into the death of a British construction worker who was murdered in Nigeria by an Islamist sect before a failed commando rescue operation.

The attempt on March 8 last year by Nigerian troops and UK Special Boat Service commandos in Nigeria's north west city of Sokoto led to the death of Chris McManus from Oldham, Greater Manchester.His Italian colleague Franco Lamolinara also died.

The pair had been kidnapped in May 2011 and held for months before their execution.

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