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LONDON — The family of Margaret Hassan (search), the 59-year-old aid worker kidnapped in Iraq last month, said Tuesday they believed she was dead.
A statement from Hassan's four brothers and sisters was released by Britain's Foreign Office.
"Our hearts are broken," it said. "We have kept hoping for as long as we could, but we now have to accept that Margaret has probably gone and at last her suffering has ended."
The family did not indicate why they now believed Hassan was dead, but said: "Those who are guilty of this atrocious act, and those who support them, have no excuses."