The fate of at least one gas worker from the North East remains unknown, after they become caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis.
However, the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, says that a number of Scottish hostages are now 'safe and well.'
An operation by the Algerian military is still ongoing at the gas plant in the Sahara desert that was siezed by armed terrorists on Wednesday.
Its joint owner, BP, says a small number of its employees are still unaccounted for.
This expert from Durham University says the workers have become pawns in the militants' struggle with Arab and western governments.
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