3 missionaries that were kidnapped on Oct 13 in Niger Delta Nigeria have been freed. Sadly, the fourth member of their group that was also kidnapped, was killed before the rescue occurred. The government has not yet released the circumstances of the rescue or of how Ian Squire, the deceased, was killed as of yet. Kidnappings for ransom are becoming very common in Nigeria, but don’t often end with the death of victims. We pray for the families of the deceased and are thankful for those that are able to rejoin their families.
2017-11-07 Nigeria (WashingtonPost) A British missionary who was kidnapped in Nigeria last month has been killed, but three others have been freed, the U.K. government said Monday.
The Foreign Office said that Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan have returned to their families, but Ian Squire “was tragically killed.”
The four were abducted in the Niger Delta region on Oct. 13. David Donovan, a medical doctor, and his wife Shirley worked for New Foundations, a Christian charity providing vaccinations, cataract surgery and other medical treatment to people in the Niger Delta.
Carson works at an opticians’ in Leven, Scotland, and store director Adrian McCann said staff were “hugely relieved” she had been freed.
In a statement, the families of the four thanked Nigerian authorities for negotiating the release.
It was unclear when and how the three were freed or how Squire died. The Foreign Office said it could not comment during an ongoing investigation.
Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria. 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.