Nigerian President Jonathan Claims French Hostages Are Still ALive

Nigeria's President claimed today that some of the seven hostages believed to have been killed by Islamist group Ansaru this month could still be alive and the government has been working to rescue them.
Ansaru said earlier this month it had killed the seven foreign construction workers it had been holding since February, posting a video of what it said was their bodies on the internet.

Brendan Vaughan, 55, from Leeds, was named by Foreign Secretary William Hague as the British national believed to have been murdered - along with six other foreigners - at the hands of captors.

'Analysis of the information we have does not give us the conclusive position that they have all been killed but we suspect that some probably might have died of health related causes or direct killing,' President Goodluck Jonathan said during a visit by Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman.

'We have been working hard with friendly nations, especially the United Kingdom, to see that they are rescued. We suspect that they are in a rocky area, a very difficult area that can not be easily accessed but we are working hard to get to them,' Mr Jonathan said.

Italy and Greece confirmed that a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese abducted in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state had been killed by their captors.
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