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UK hostage's body turned over to embassy in Iraq

LONDON - The body of a British hostage kidnapped in Iraq in 2007 has been turned over to the U.K. Embassy in Baghdad, officials said Friday.

Alan McMenemy was one of five men kidnapped by Shiite militants in a daytime attack outside Baghdad's Finance Ministry. McMenemy was part of a security detail guarding computer expert Peter Moore, who was released alive in 2010.

The bodies of the other bodyguards — Jason Swindlehurst, Jason Creswell and Alec MacLachlan — were returned in 2009.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement Friday that his thoughts were with McMenemy's family and friends.

"They have waited so long for his return and I hope that this will allow them to find some peace after an ordeal that no family should ever have to suffer," Cameron said.

The statement did not provide any detail as to how or under what circumstances McMenemy's body was returned. He was long believed to be dead, and a second statement released on behalf of McMenemy's widow Roseleen said that his body's return "will allow us to properly grieve for him ... we will draw some comfort from the fact that we have him home at last."

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