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A rescue operation is underway at a gas plant in Algeria after workers were taken hostage by Islamic militants.
Two men in particular are believed to be from the North East, with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond also confirming that a number of Scots are amongst those being held.
An organisation linked to Al-Qaeda says that it took over 40 hostages from a gas field in a deep area of the desert called In Amenas.
There have been unconfirmed reports that some of the workers may have escaped or been freed, but BP which part controls the site, said the situation is still unclear.
One Briton is known to have been killed.
Downing Street says David Cameron is being updated by the Algerian Prime Minister and that this remains an ongoing situation.
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The Prime Minister said the number of British nationals caught up in the hostage crisis in Algeria had been "significantly reduced".