HOSTAGE ALAN WAS KILLED BY CAPTORS

Iraq Hostages Alan McMenemy from Scotland and Alec Maclachlan from Wales. The pair kidnapped in 2007 at the Ministry of Finance in Baghdad are now feared to be dead

Iraq Hostages Alan McMenemy from Scotland and Alec Maclachlan from Wales. The pair kidnapped in 2007 at the Ministry of Finance in Baghdad are now feared to be dead

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A MILNGAVIE bodyguard held hostage in Iraq was killed by his captors, it has been revealed.

Alan McMenemy (34) was kidnapped by Asaib al-Haq militia along with computer programmer Peter Moore and three other guards in 2007.

Mr Moore was released in 2009 and the bodies of the three guards were also returned then.

However, Mr McMenemy’s fate has always remained uncertain - until now.

Although his death has long been suspected, the fact that his killers had not handed over his body kept dim hopes alive.

Qais al-Khazali, a Shi’ite cleric who leads the militia, confirmed that all four guards were killed when they tried to escape - and pledged that Mr McMenemy’s remains would be recovered.

He said: “The brothers told me that those four bodyguards tried to escape, they took advantage of a negligent moment and took the weapon of one of their guards and the clash ensued and led to this result.

“We honestly are sorry for that incident. Peter Moore was in another place. The kidnappers knew how important he was and they were expecting a raid or something else.

“In addition to that, Peter was a civilian and they knew that it was unexpected that he would be any kind of risk.

”But the confrontation happened with the four guards and led to all of them being killed.”

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