LONDON — A mutilated body found in Iraq is not that of kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan, the British government said Wednesday. The Foreign Office said it continued to believe that Hassan had been killed, 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 Fallouja last month by U.S. Marines, was not Hassan.
The Iraq director of the aid group CARE International, Hassan, 59, was abducted Oct. 19 in Baghdad. On Nov. 16, Arab satellite TV channel Al Jazeera said it had received a videotape showing the execution of a hostage identified as Hassan.
British officials who watched the tape said they believed the blindfolded woman shown being shot in the head by a masked gunman was Hassan.