BP Gas Site: Brits Caught Up In Hostage Drama
"Several" British nationals are caught up in a terrorist attack at a gas field in Algeria where workers have been taken hostage.
An Islamist militant group has claimed to have kidnapped up to 41 foreign nationals - including seven Americans and an Irishman in a dawn raid on the gas facility part-operated by BP, Sonatrach (the Algerian national oil company), and Statoil in Algeria.
Three people have reportedly been killed in the attack on the plant situated in the east of the country near the Libyan border.
Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a 45-minute meeting of the Government's crisis committee Cobra on the attack, attended by ministers from the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, as well as officials from other agencies.
His official spokesman said afterwards: "The ongoing incident has involved various nationalities, including several British nationals.
"We are working with BP to support the families of staff and provide consular assistance."
Posted by: tipper 2013-01-16