30/06/2009

British Hostages 'Were Shot Dead' In Iraq

The two British hostages whose bodies were recently flown home from Iraq died from gunshot wounds, reports have stated.

A coroner is said to have concluded the two security guards, who were among a group of Britons who were held hostage in the country, were both shot dead.

The bodies of Jason Swindlehurst, from Skelmersdale, and Jason Creswell, from Glasgow, were flown from Baghdad last week to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire last week, the BBC has reported.

The men's families and those of the other three hostages who are still in missing in Iraq have been informed, the BBC added.

The five men were captured in Baghdad in May 2007.

A Foreign Office spokesman declined to comment on the inquests, saying: "This is an ongoing matter for the coroner."

The Shia Muslim group which had held them hostage had previously claimed Mr Swindlehurst had committed suicide, a claim refuted by his family.

(JM/BMcc)

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