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Islamist Group Kills Seven
By Harold Hutchison

Seven hostages held by the terrorist group Ansaru were slaughtered by the terrorists, who claimed the murders were in retaliation for a planned rescue operation.

The four Lebanese citizens, one Briton, one Greek citizen, and one Italian had been held since February. The terrorist group had taken them in response to the French intervention in Mali against Islamist rebels with ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb.

Ansaru is a splinter faction from the more-well-known terrorist group Boko Haram. One major difference in the two groups is that Boko Haram has tended to attack Nigerian Christians, while Ansaru has attacked Western targets.

"This is an unforgivable act of pure, cold-blooded murder for which there can be no excuse or justification," British Foreign Secretary Michael Hague said.

Ansaru is believed to be holding eight French hostages, seven of whom are from a single family of that were kidnapped in Cameroon. Four of the hostages are children.