Prime Minister David Cameron has said Britain faces a "very bad situation" in Algeria.
He said the country must prepare for "bad news ahead" with a number of British citizens taken hostage in a "very dangerous and very uncertain" situation.
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.