The British Foreign Minister, Mr William Hague, has condemned the killings of seven hostages in Nigeria, describing it as “an unforgivable act of cold- blooded murder”.
William in a statement in London on Sunday said, a British construction worker held hostage since Feb. 16, was likely to have been killed at the hands of his captors along with six other foreign nationals.
“My thoughts are with his family, and the families of the other hostages, who will be devastated by this tragic loss. “I offer them our deep condolences at this terrible time and know that the thoughts of people up and down our country will be with them,” Hague said. He said, “ responsibility for this tragic outcome rests squarely with the terrorists.”
Hague said that Britain would work with the Nigerian government to hold the perpetrators of this heinous act to account. According to the BBC, militant group Ansaru, believed to be an offshoot of Boko Haram, says it has killed the captives. The group said the hostages were killed because of a rescue attempt by British and Nigerian forces.
It said British warplanes had been seen in Bauchi. However, the UK Foreign Office said, “there are a number of deployments as part of various engagements in Africa which will include the movement of assets.”