Britain, Italy and Greece on Sunday said that a claim by a Nigerian Islamist group that it had killed seven foreign hostages appeared to be true, while London denied it had sought to stage a rescue.
Nigerian police enforce a curfew in Bauchi, capital of Bauchi state, northern Nigeria, on April 18, 2011. Italy and Greece have said that foreign hostages held in Nigeria were likely killed, as claimed by the kidnappers.
Restive northern Nigeria has seen scores of people killed from Islamist-linked violence, but the hostage executions marked the deadliest kidnapping targeting foreigners in the region in recent memory.
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