Brits among Algeria hostages
There are “a number of British nationals” being held hostage after a terrorist attack in Algeria, William Hague has confirmed.
Two people, including one Briton, are reported to have been killed in the initial attack on a BP gas facility in the east of the nation.
The attack is believed to be linked to the current international intervention in Mali to stop the southward advance of Islamic rebels.
Reports suggests a group claiming responsibility for the attack has demanded an end to the French operation in Mali, as well as the release of some prisoners.
Speaking from Australia where he is on an official visit, Mr Hague said the British Government was in touch with Algerian authorities as they attempt to resolve the situation.
“The safety of those involved and their co-workers is our absolute priority, and we will work around the clock to resolve this crisis,” the Foreign Secretary told reporters.
David Cameron today chaired a COBRA meeting on the situation.
The International Criminal Court has also announced it is opening an investigation into “alleged acts of extreme violence” committed in the Mali unrest.
Meanwhile the number of French troops in Mali is set to rise from 700 to 2,500 in coming days as they were met with surprisingly strong resistance.