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Hostage tragedy son thanks Cameron

The son of an Italian hostage found killed during a botched British-Nigerian rescue attempt has thanked Prime Minister David Cameron for sending condolences.

Mattia Lamolinara offered his thanks after the funeral of his father, engineer Franco Lamolinara.

The elder Lamolinara and Oldham man Chris McManus, an engineer, were found dead during the raid in Nigeria last week.

The president of the Italian parliamentary intelligence services committee, Massimo D'Alema, said the raid "wasn't reasonably" conducted if it turned into an hours-long battle with the hostages' captors.

An autopsy in Rome found Lamolinara was shot at close range, including in the head, indicating the shots were likely to have been fired by his captors.

The UK and Italy were embroiled in a diplomatic row over the failed rescue with the Italians complaining they had not been consulted before the operation.


From Belfast Telegraph