Hammond: loss of life appalling

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the government has been told the hostage situation at a gas plant in Algeria has ended but has resulted in "further loss of life".

Mr Hammond described the loss of life as a result of the terrorist attack as "appalling and unacceptable."

To hear the rest of his comments at the press conference click here.

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Hostages from Todmorden and Lincolnshire freed

Two of the Britons freed from the hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria are believed to be from the Calendar region.