Killers Got £1m Ransom-Daily Star












By Richard Spillett  12th March 2012

THE families of men executed by al-Qaida in a special forces shoot- had paid £1million towards a ransom.

Desperate relatives handed over the money to Nigerian terrorists holding Chris McManus and an Italian hostage.

But the pair were killed by extremists a firefight Brit commandos.

Mr McManus, 28, a construction worker from Oldham, Lancs, had been held colleague Franco Lamolinara for 10 months.

Mr Lamolinara’s family say the £1m was the part of a £4m rescue fund for the pair.

However, both men were shot by their captors a fierce gun battle last Wednesday.

The Government has denied the ransom claims, saying there was no “coherent” demand from the terrorists.

British policy is not to pay ransoms but the Government does not stop others from handing over cash.

Culled from Daily Star

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