Hague warns Britons to prepare for bad news in Algeria

19th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

Britain must prepare itself for "bad news" in the hostage crisis in Algeria, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Saturday, adding that "fewer than 10" Britons were at risk or unaccounted for.

"The large majority of British nationals originally caught up (in this incident) are now safe," Hague said in televised remarks, as Algerian special forces launched a final assault at the desert gas plant, but he added: "We must continue to prepare ourselves for bad news."

"This whole incident underlines the scale and ruthlessness of the terrorist threat that we and other nations face," Hague said.

According to Algerian state television, the country's special forces have killed 11 "terrorists" who executed seven foreign hostages during a final assault that was launched Saturday.

Both Britain and Norway confirmed that the hostage crisis in Algeria has ended.


© 2013 AFP

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