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Friday
Jan182013

British PM on Hostages in Algeria: 'This Is a Continuing Situation'

Peter Macdiarmid/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's prime minister briefed his Parliamentary colleagues on Friday with the latest information on the hostage situation going on at a natural gas facility in Algeria.

David Cameron held back on some details because, "This is a continuing situation and we'll do our best to keep Parliament and the public updated.  We hope this will reach a conclusion shortly."

He said he spoke to the Algerian prime minister on Thursday on why the country decided to launch a military raid.

"He said that the terrorists tried to flee, that they judged there to be an immediate threat to the lives of the hostages and have felt obliged to respond," Cameron said Friday.

"He told me that this first operation was complete but this is a large and complex site and they are still pursing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages in other areas of the site," the British prime minister continued.

Cameron added that Algeria is "looking at all possible routes to resolve this crisis."

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