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Body is not missing aid worker (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 12:23 AM
The dismembered body recently found in Iraq is not that of missing aid worker Margaret Hassan,
LONDON - A mutilated body found in Iraq (news - web sites) is not that of kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan, the British government said Wednesday. But the Foreign Office said it continued to believe Hassan had been murdered, although the evidence was not conclusive.

The Foreign Office said dental tests conducted in the United States showed the body of a woman of Western appearance, found in Fallujah last month by U.S. Marines, was not Hassan.

The Iraq director of the aid group CARE International, Hassan, 59, was abducted on her way to work in Baghdad on Oct. 19. On Nov. 16, the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera said it had received a video showing the execution of a female hostage identified as Hassan.

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A Foreign Office spokesman said that officials still believe Hassan was killed, although they cannot be absolutely certain until her body is recovered. The question still remains as to the true identity of the body that was found.

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