Hague: Number of British nationals held in Algeria

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has given an update on the hostage situation at a gas facility in Algeria.

He said: "A number of people are being held hostage there, this does include a number of British nationals and this is therefore an extremely dangerous situation.

"We're in close touch with the Algerian government, the Algerian military have deployed to the area and the Prime Minister has spoken to the Prime Minister of Algeria."

"A rapid deployment team from the Foreign Office has been sent in order to reinforce our Embassy and consulate staff there."