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First Minister confirms Scots held hostage in Algeria

Scotland's First Minister has confirmed that a number of Scots are among the hostages being held by Islamic militants in Algeria.

Alex Salmond made a statement to MSPs this afternoon after speaking with the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

He said:

"I can confirm to the chamber a number of Scots are among the hostages. The UK Government reports one UK national has been killed in the attack.

"I know the chamber will understand that in the interests of the safety and security of the hostages, the information that can be given out is limited. The priority is their safety and to keep the families informed.

"The Scottish Police Service is fully engaged with the Metropolitan police on this matter. Scottish Government ministers are in contact with Foreign Commonwealth Offices."

– First Minister, Alex Salmond