A man from County Durham, who was freed after being held hostage in Algeria, has thanked the public for their support during and after the crisis.
Peter Hunter also thanked the Foreign Office and expressed his sadness for those less fortunate than himself.
The Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed earlier that three Britons had been killed during the hostage situation, with a further three British nationals believed to be amongst the dead.
“I would like to thank the public, the Foreign Office and BP for all their support.
I have nothing but praise for the Algerian authorities, who were sympathetic, professional, caring and kind throughout.
I want to thank them for what they did for us.
We followed procedures that were in place and that we knew about, and that’s why I’m here.
We were the fortunate ones.
My thoughts are with the families of our colleagues who were less fortunate.”
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