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12 March 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL condemns murder of foreign hostages in Nigeria

LYON, France – While meeting during its 177th session, INTERPOL’s Executive Committee (EC) on behalf of the world police body has condemned the ‘cold-blooded’ execution by a Nigerian Islamist militant group of seven foreign hostages it seized last month.

The 13 INTERPOL EC members, comprising the  President of the Organization, three Vice-Presidents and nine Delegates from its four regions, Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe, said in a statement:

“INTERPOL’s Executive Committee expresses its condolences with the families of the victims and condemns the murder of these innocent hostages in the strongest terms.

“This senseless, cowardly act will have appalled citizens of all nations and can only strengthen the resolve and solidarity of police in Nigeria, the region and around the world to intensify their fight against terrorism.

“On behalf of INTERPOL’s 190 countries, we call on police in the region and beyond to cooperate with Nigeria’s efforts to apprehend and bring to justice the terrorists responsible for this cold-blooded murder.”

The militant group Ansaru, suspected of being an offshoot of the Boko Haram network, said in an online statement that it had killed its captives.

The hostages – from Britain, Greece, Italy and Lebanon – were construction workers captured in a raid in the northern state of Bauchi.

INTERPOL has made available its global resources to the Nigerian authorities to assist them in bringing the perpetrators behind the killings to justice.