ITV News Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy has asked the Foreign Secretary if the speed of the Algerian hostage crisis is surprising, so soon after the French action in Mali.
William Hague said he "would be cautious in ascribing this, at this stage to the French intervention in Mali."
Saying that, "usually operations like this take longer to plan."
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.