British Hostage Set Free in Iraq

IT consultant in captivity for more than 2 years

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 30, 2009 10:16 AM CST

(Newser) – A British hostage has been released more than two years after he was captured in Iraq, the BBC reports. IT consultant Peter Moore, kidnapped in May 2007 by militants disguised as police in Baghdad, is “absolutely delighted” after years of “misery, fear, and uncertainty,” says Britain’s foreign secretary. “I'm breaking down, I'm just so overjoyed for the lad,” says his father.

Four others were captured at the time, including three bodyguards who were killed and a security guard believed to be dead. “The joy and relief that will be felt by Peter's family will be mirrored by the continuing anguish of the family of Alan McMenemy, the last of the five men taken hostage,” says Foreign Minister David Miliband. Moore was working for an American management consultancy when he was taken hostage.

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband speaks during a press conference in the Foreign Office in London, Wednesday Dec. 30, 2009, where he announced the release of hostage Peter Moore.   (AP Photo/Katie Collins)
This file image made from from an Arab satellite news network broadcast on Feb. 26, 2008 purportedly shows Peter Moore.   (AP Photo/Al Arabiya via AP TV News)
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