Many dead at site of Algerian kidnapping
(Reuters) - Many people were killed when Algerian forces opened fire on a vehicle at a remote gas plant where gunmen were holding dozens of Western hostages, a resident of the locality and Arab news reports said on Thursday.....Read more
The possibility of Western intervention to release foreign nationals held by Islamist militants in Algeria has been played down by No 10, amid reports that a number of hostages have escaped.
The kidnappers occupied a gas facility in eastern of the country on Wednesday, after killing a Briton and an Algerian.
Number 10 said the UK would consider any requests for assistance from the Algerian government but so far it had received no such approach.
Some Britons are among those captured.
The other hostages are said to include Japanese, US, French and Norwegian nationals.
A man from west Belfast travelling on a Republic of Ireland passport and a number of Scottish residents are reported to be among the UK citizens held.....Read more