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Macclesfield man among freed Algerian hostages

A Macclesfield man is among the hostages freed from the terrorist held Algerian gas plant.

A Macclesfield man is among the hostages freed from the terrorist held Algerian gas plant.

After a raid by Algerian troops ended a four-day siege at the In Amenas gas facility on Saturday, at least 23 hostages and 32 militants are reported to have died.

Huw Edward, 55, a BP worker, is understood to be one of the freed hostages who is among British survivors flown back to the UK on government and BP-chartered flights to be reunited with their families.

On hearing the news of his survival, MP David Rutley said: "I am delighted to hear that Mr  Edwards is safe from the tragic event. it must have been an horrific time for him and also for his family.

"I know that the foreign office and the police have been doing a great job in communicating with affected families and they should be praised for their efforts but in all of this we must not forget that the cause of this tragedy was the terrorists and their actions must be condemned."

It is believed the family have asked for privacy.

Militants attacked and seized hostages at the plant on January 16.

Three Britons are confirmed dead and three more are believed to have died after the Algeria hostage crisis, the prime minister has said.Another UK resident is also thought to be dead. The figures include a Briton who was killed on Wednesday.

The 22 other Britons who survived the crisis are now back in the UK.

 
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