Many in our community have been deeply saddened by the tragic death of Luke Somers.
Charlie: May I condemn this foul murder by terrorists and record my condolences to my constituent Penny Bearman, Luke's stepmother, and to all his family? It is perhaps inevitable that the family are left wondering whether Luke might still be with us today had this operation not taken place. What comfort can the Minister give the family that it would have been undertaken only in the most extreme circumstances in which there was no alternative?
Tobias Ellwood (Foreign Office Minister): I reiterate our condolences to the family. I know that police liaison officers have been in touch with those members of the family living in Britain. If there is anything more we can do, the Government stand ready to provide that support in this difficult time. In difficult and dangerous circumstances a call had to be made, but I know that it was made in the knowledge that Luke's life was in danger.
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