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Italian anger over failed hostage rescue in Nigeria

There is a diplomatic row between Britain and Italy over the handling of a failed operation to free two engineers held hostage in Nigeria.

Chris McManus and Franco Lamolinara were both killed despite a rescue mission by British and Nigerian special forces.

Italian politicians want to know why they were not told about the mission until it had already begun.

BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast spoke to Rome correspondent Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped in Gaza in 2007.

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  • 09 Mar 2012
  • From the section Africa