LONDON Jan 19 Most British nationals caught up
in the hostage crisis at a gas complex in Algeria are now safe
although the fate of fewer than 10 of them remains unknown,
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday.
"As of now, there are fewer than 10 British nationals at
risk or unaccounted for, but that of course means that we must
continue to prepare ourselves for bad news," Hague said in
Hague said he had just spoken to his Algerian counterpart to
stress the need for accurate and up-to-date information about
the unfolding crisis at the desert complex.
"I'm happy to say that we now have consular staff on the
ground at In Amenas. They are already assisting British
nationals there. Our ambassador is on the way there with further
staff," he said.
"We have a team at Hassi Messaoud, the normal point for
entering and exiting this area," he added.
Hague said Prime Minister David Cameron would talk to the
Algerian premier Abdelmalek Sellal later on Saturday.
"This has been and remains an Algerian operation," he said.
"This whole incident underlines the scale and ruthlessness
of the terrorist threat that we and other nations face. We
underline our resolve to deal with that and to defeat such
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Rosalind Russell)