North East men freed in Algeria

It has been confirmed that workers from the North East were involved in a hostage situation in Algeria where gas workers were taken hostage by Islamic militants. Three men from the region were freed last week.

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County Durham man among freed hostages in Algeria

Peter Hunter (middle) with two other freed hostages Credit: ZUMA/Rex Features

A second North East worker is among the western hostages freed in Algeria.

53 year old Peter Hunter from County Durham is understood to have flown back to the UK.

The hostages were freed after Algerian forces attacked the militant Islamist group that had seized control of a remote BP gas plant.

Darren Matthews, from Loftus, was released on Friday.

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