November 23, 2014
LONDON (AP) - Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the U.K. is seeking to verify whether remains handed to British officials in Iraq are those of a British hostage.
Miliband said Wednesday it wasn't clear whether the remains are those of one of two security workers feared to have been killed by their captors. The two men were among five Britons abducted by Shiite militants in a raid on Iraq's Finance Ministry in 2007.
In a statement, Miliband said Britain "cannot yet definitively confirm either that this is the remains of one of the hostages, or which one," and that forensic examinations are under way.
Two other bodies were returned to Britain in June, and officials have called on hostage-takers to release the fifth hostage, Peter Moore.