British foreign office says beheaded man is not Bigley


The British foreign office has said that the body of a decapitated man discovered in the Iraqi capital, was not that of British hostage Mr Ken Bigley.

The director of the hospital that received the corpses said the bodies of a man and a woman had been found by Iraqi police late yesterday. It was later confirmed that the man was a 35-year-old Iraqi national.

Speaking to RTE Newsearlier today, Mr Paul Bigley said he believed his brother was still alive.

Meanwhile Mr Bigley's family today thanked people for their support. A message from Mr Craig Bigley, Ken's son, was read out to around 1,000 people on the steps of Liverpool's Anglican cathedral following a multi-faith event in the city dedicated to the hostage.

 It said; "On behalf of my dad's family in Liverpool, I would like to thank the people of Merseyside for their continued support and prayers at this
difficult time.

Mr Bigley's Dublin-born mother, Elizabeth, is understood to still be in hospital after suffering from the stress brought on by her son's ordeal.

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