David Cameron has just begun his speech in the House of Commons regarding the Algeria Gas Plant Attack where hostages have been taken. He has confirmed that the raid has happened in one of the most remote areas of the world, and that there are links to Al Queda involved.
One British worker was killed when the convoy arrived, and his family has been informed on Wednesday.
Obviously the UK’s priority was to find out where the British nationals where, how many were involved and to stay in close contact with their families.
David Cameron offered his help in both technical and physical ways which could of helped, and asked for Algeria to inform the UK and other governments if they were to move forward, but the Algerian forces moved in Thursday morning without informing anybody because the terrorists were apparently trying to flee and the Algerian Government felt they had to react fast.
They said the first operation was a success but due to this being a complex situation, there are more operations to come as there could be hostages being held in other locations of the plant.
David Cameron can not yet state how many UK nationals are involved, but he has confirmed that the number is “significantly lower” than the 30 expected before.
Ed Milliband then came on and made his speech and asked David Cameron some questions. The answers included:
“Police Liason officers are attached to each of the families affected and can keep them updated as soon as they receive any new information.
“If there are gaps in what BP can do to resolve the issue, we can fill those gaps.
“Precautions for security of Diplomatic Posts in the region.
“Avoid travel unless you really have to around the Algeria Region and borders.
“It is always difficult to determine the motive of the terrorists but we know those involved are AQM.