British media report that two British hostages kidnapped in Iraq two years ago are believed to be dead.

Reports say the British Foreign Office told the families of the two last week that it believed the men were dead.

The two were among a group of five Britons who were seized from an Iraqi Finance Ministry building in Baghdad by men disguised as Iraqi police in 2007.   The bodies of two of the other hostages were handed over to British authorities last month. 

The fate of the fifth hostage remains unclear and the Foreign Office says all efforts are being made to secure his release.

A group calling itself the Islamic Shi'ite Resistance in Iraq says it is behind the abductions.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP.