As of 7 December 2009 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was aware of six British nationals being held hostage aboard.
Somali pirates have been holding two British nationals since October 2009. Of the five British nationals taken hostage by Asa'ib Ahl al-Haqq in Iraq in 2007, the bodies of three have been returned to the UK. Our embassy in Sana'a is investigating the kidnap of a British national who went missing in Yemen in June 2009. In October 2009 an individual with dual UK nationality was kidnapped in Sudan.