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Failed Nigeria Hostage Rescue

March 9, 2012 by staff 

Failed Nigeria Hostage Rescue, Around a hundred troops, a tank and two helicopters were deployed in a failed hostage rescue bid in northwestern Nigeria in which an Italian and Briton hostages were killed, witnesses said.

Witnesses said Thursday’s deadly raid in the calm northwestern city of Sokoto saw the hostage takers and the security forces wage a gun battle lasting seven hours.

Walls of two adjacent houses where the raid occurred were pocked with bullet holes. Blood was splattered in two bathrooms and on the entrance floor of one of the houses — a zinc-roofed single storey.

At least two of the captors were killed in the operation along with British national Chris McMa**s, 28, and Italy’s Franco Lamolinara.

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