Italy Furious as Britain Botches Nigeria Hostage Rescue
British Hostage Rescue in Nigeria Fails
Britain has failed a hostage-rescue attempt in northern Nigeria, leaving both the British and Italian hostages dead.
Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara had been working on a bank construction project in Sokoto before they were kidnapped in May 2011.
According to British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, "There was intelligence that they were about to be moved, possibly executed and therefore the decision was to go in, aware of course that there were huge risks. Hostage rescue exercises always have huge risks attached ... but the decision was made that the best chance of saving their lives was to act."
Hammond promised an investigation, and to share the results with the Italian government. However, Italian President Mario Monti blamed Britain for not only screwing up the rescue operation, but for failing to consult his government before making the move.