A man from Workington is believed to be amongst those rescued from the BP-run gas plant in Algeria which was attacked by Islamist gunmen on Wednesday. The worker was said to be unharmed and had been flown to Sicily last night on his way to the UK.
It comes as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says that the hostage situation "has now been brought to an end" which has resulted in "further loss of life". Speaking at a joint news conference with the US Defence Secretary , he described the loss of life as "appalling and unacceptable"
He added: "We remain in close contact with the Algerian government. We remain determined to defeat terrorism and stand with the Algerian government."