British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says there is what he calls
"credible information" that two of the three remaining British hostages
held captive in Iraq are dead.
Miliband said Wednesday the British Foreign Office has informed the families of Alan McMenemy and Alec MacLachlan that it believes both men have probably been killed.
The two were among a group of five Britons who were seized from an Iraqi Finance Ministry building in Baghdad by men disguised as Iraqi police in 2007. The bodies of two of the other hostages were handed over to British authorities last month.
The fate of the fifth hostage, 36-year-old Peter Moore, remains unclear. Foreign Secretary Miliband said the British government is focusing all efforts to ensure Moore's safe release.
A group calling itself the Islamic Shi'ite Resistance in Iraq says it was behind the abductions. The group has demanded the release of nine of its members held in prison.
Since their abduction, the British hostages have appeared occasionally in videos, but last month the bodies of two of the security contractors in the group were released.