Hammond: Loss of life in Algeria 'appalling'

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said the government has been told the hostage situation at a gas plant in Algeria has ended but has resulted in "further loss of life".

Mr Hammond described the loss of life as a result of the terrorist attack as "appalling and unacceptable".

He also said the UK government are pressing for details on "the exact situation and the numbers that have been killed and, if any, the numbers rescued".

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Fourth Algeria victim named

A fourth British victim of the Algerian siege was named today as efforts continued to repatriate their bodies. The Foreign Office issued a statement from the family of Sebastian John which said he would be eternally missed.