Dispensing optician Ian Squire killed in Nigeria on outreach trip

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The group are believed to have been in Nigeria working with Christian medical charity New Foundations.

Alanna Carson, from Fife, along with fellow Christian charity workers David and Shirley Donovan have returned home safely after the west African country's authorities negotiated their release.

He had also invented a portable solar-powered frame and lens cutting machine to enable prescription glasses to be made in remote regions of the world.

Similarly, the Foreign Affairs Office added that the incident was traumatic.

- The British government says one United Kingdom missionary who was kidnapped in Nigeria last month has been killed but three others have been freed.

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Mail online reports that the circumstances surroundingMr Squire's death, three weeks after his kidnap, were not immediately clear.

The British Foreign Office in an advisory issued yesterday said there is a "high threat of criminal kidnap" in the area.

The late Mr. Squire was said to have set up his own charity, Mission for Vision, in 2003, and had been travelling to Nigeria since 2013 in a joint effort with New Foundations.

In a statement, their families thanked Nigerian authorities for negotiating their release.

"We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely", the statement said.

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"We are grateful to the Nigerian authorities, and are unable to comment given the ongoing nature of their investigations".

"What we are hearing is that the kidnappers dropped three surviving missionaries off at a village in Bayelsa State (in the Delta region) after one of them had already died", the source told the Telegraph.

The families of Mr Squires and the other hostages said the kidnap had been "traumatic for all concerned".

'Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death, ' they said.

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