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Cambridgeshire couple kidnapped in Nigeria are set free

David and Shirley Donovan Credit: New Foundations

A Cambridgeshire couple kidnapped in Nigeria have been set free the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Four Britons were abducted at around 2am local time from a small community on October 13.

One of them, Ian Squire, was killed before their release could be negotiated.

The other three, David Donovan and his wife Shirley Donovan from Cambridgeshire and Alanna Carson, were released following intervention by the British High Commission and Nigerian authorities. Mr Donovan use to work as a GP in March.

The Britons are believed to have been kidnapped in the Niger Delta region. Credit: AP

A statement issued on behalf of all the families involved said: “We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death.

“This has been a traumatic time for our loved ones who were kidnapped and for their families and friends here in the UK. We would therefore ask that the media respect our privacy as we come to terms with the news.