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Fears for Briton missing in Iraq
Gary Teeley
Gary Teeley disappeared in Nasiriya
Concerns are growing for the safety of a British father-of-five who is reported missing in Iraq.

Gary Teeley, 37, who lives in the Middle East, disappeared on Monday in the southern city of Nasiriya, where he was thought to have been working.

The Foreign Office said his family were devastated by the news.

Mr Teeley, who was born in Woolwich, south-east London, is the only Briton missing in Iraq, but other foreign nationals are unaccounted for.

Before moving to the Middle East, the laundry firm consultant lived in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.

Kidnap fears

Reports since his disappearance suggested he may have been kidnapped as he and a group of colleagues drove from the US airbase where they worked.

The Foreign Office could not confirm this, but a spokeswoman said: "We are liaising with the appropriate military and civilian authorities in Iraq to try to locate him."

In a statement released on behalf of Mr Teeley's family, the Foreign Office said: "The family are devastated by the fact Gary is missing.

"They have asked us to say that they are grateful for the support they have received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and local police."

A former British soldier was shot while guarding workers in Iraq.

The family of Michael Bloss, 38, from from Bridgend, south Wales, say that in an email he predicted being "over-run" the night before his death in the town of Hit.

Coalition and western contractors are using ex-servicemen and ex-policemen as security guards as the number of attacks on civilians working in Iraq continues to rise.

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