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UK hostage Peter Moore released alive in Iraq

December 30, 2009

British hostage Peter Moore has been released alive after more than two-and-a-half years in captivity in Iraq.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the IT consultant from Lincoln, who was captured in Baghdad in May 2007, was in good health and "absolutely delighted".

His family said news of his release was "the best Christmas present ever" and "a big black cloud" had been lifted.

Four bodyguards were seized with Mr Moore. Three were shot dead; the fourth is also thought to have been killed.

The bodies of Jason Swindlehurst, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Jason Creswell, of Glasgow, were returned to the UK in June 2009, followed by that of Alec MacLachlan, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in September.

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