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."
David Cameron warned that north Africa is becoming a "magnet for jihadists" as he announced help to tackle the terror threat in the region.
A British man from Aberdeenshire has spoken to ITV News about his dramatic escape from militants and his concern for some of his colleagues.
Stephen McFaul, one of dozens of hostages taken by Islamist fighters at gas plant in Algeria, is due to arrive back in Belfast later today.