The man freed from the hostage crisis from Algeria - thought to be Lou Fear from Louth, Lincolnshire - told Algerian television the soldiers who freed him were "friendly".
He said: "The guys who picked us up were wonderful, they were like long lost friends. They kept saying "terrorists do not come from Algeria".
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