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Ballymoney woman freed after Nigeria kidnapping ordeal

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A Ballymoney woman has been freed with David Donovan and Shirley Donovan and have been flown back to the UK following their release from a horrific kidnapping of an armed gang who abducted them in Nigeria’s southern Delta region.

Four missionaries were abducted on 13 October from their accommodation in the Delta State in the south of the country and held for three weeks.

The Foreign Office earlier today said that Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan have returned to their families, but that Ian Squire “was tragically killed”.

Speaking this evening to Causeway Coast Community Cllr Darryl Wilson said

“Last month four British aid workers were kidnapped in southern Nigeria, one of which was Alanna Carson originally from Ballymoney, unfortunately one of the hostages, Mr Ian Squire has been killed. British and Nigerian authorities successfully negotiated the release of Alanna Carson, David Donovan and Shirley Donovan.

Ian Squire, an optician, was one of four Britons working for a medical charity in the Niger Delta when taken.

News reports have claimed that a small criminal gang, who recently held a local politician hostage, were behind the attack. The group are yet to take responsibility.

Ms Carson, a Specsavers optometrist, is now staying with her family in Northern Ireland, according to her employer in Leven, Fife.

Cllr Wilson said, I am delighted and relieved that three of the hostages including Ms Carson from Ballymoney, and Dr and Mrs Donovan have been released and returned safely.

“My thoughts and prayers are now with the family and friends of Mr Squire as they learn of his sad death”

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