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Failed SBS Operation In Nigeria

08.03.2012

The Telegraph is today reporting on a failed hostage rescue operation by the Special Boat Service (SBS) in Nigeria. A British and Italian hostage, Chris McManus and Italian Franco Lamolinara, held by an Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group since May last year, were killed during the operation, details of which have yet to be revealed.

16-20 SBS commandos were involved in the Nigeria-led operation, the newspaper claimed. All British forces involved are reported to be safe.

Early indicators suggest that the hostages were executed by their captors before they could be rescued. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said that the hostage-takers had been captured.

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