Algeria's government spokesman has confirmed that some hostages have been killed in a continuing military operation at a desert gas plant, Reuters reports.
In the first official government comments on the day's events, Communication Minister Mohamed Said that troops had been forced to act after talks with the captors failed.
However, he was quoted as telling state news agency APS that there had been "several deaths and injuries" among the hostages.
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.