British hostage, Ian Squire killed in Nigeria

The kidnapping took place in the oil rich Niger Delta region

The circumstances surrounding Ian Squire's death, three weeks after his kidnap, were not immediately clear.

A British national who was being held hostage in Nigeria has been killed, while three others have returned home safely, the Foreign Office in London said Monday.

The families of the rescued hostages said that they are thankful for the support they received by the British High Commission and Nigerian authorities who were negotiating for their release.

Mission for Vision, in its filing in the United Kingdom, said it was in the process of training three healthcare workers in the Delta.

Alanna Carson, from Fife, along with fellow Christian charity workers David and Shirley Donovan have returned home safely after the west African country's authorities negotiated their release.

'Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death, ' they said. "We will not be making any further comment", the families said in a statement.

The missionaries operated in a risky region in Nigeria rife with kidnappings and disease.

The four Britons were taken at about 02:00 local time last month, when suspected militants stormed a rural community they were living in.

The families of Mr Squires and the other hostages said the kidnap had been "traumatic for all concerned".

"He went out to Africa every year with the charity and his wife was also involved".

"The people who kidnapped him are despicable. Good to have them back home after an bad time". "Our staff will continue to do all we can to support the families".

"We would therefore ask that the media respect our privacy as we come to terms with the news". A number of high-profile abductions have been carried out by militants in the Niger Delta region and by the Islamist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

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