‘Sorry we kidnapped you and killed guards’

Peter Moore who was kidnapped

Peter Moore who was kidnapped

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A militant group which kidnapped a man in Iraq with Fylde coast links and killed four of his colleagues has apologised for its actions.

Peter Moore, whose mother Avril Sweeney lives in Thornton, was held hostage for 946 days by Shia group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (which translates in English as League of the Righteous) and subjected to mock execution and beating before his release in December 2009.

The group’s leader, Sheik Qais al-Khazali, who was released as part of the prisoner exchange which saw Mr Moore freed from captivity, has blamed the British Government for the death of Mr Moore’s colleagues.


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