Edwin Dyer, a British hostage kidnapped by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in January, has been murdered. “We have strong reason to believe that a British citizen, Edwin Dyer, has been murdered by an Al-Qaeda cell in Mali,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a statement. “This tragedy reinforces our commitment to confront terrorism. It strengthens our determination never to concede to the demands of terrorists, nor to pay ransoms.” Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay were held by the same group but were released in April. Their freedom was bought with a multi-million dollar ransom paid by Germany and Switzerland, and the release of al-Qaeda prisoners by Mali.