7. Algerian hostage crisis: last group of jihadists hold out in gas plant
A small group of jihadists have barricaded themselves into a corner of the In Amenas natural gas plant in eastern Algeria, where they are surrounded by government forces after a fierce battle that reportedly left 30 hostages dead and a similar number still unaccounted for.
Radio France reported that seven to 10 surviving members of the Signers in Blood faction who attacked the site on Wednesday had retreated into the machine room at the sprawling desert site, adding that they were armed with explosives. But it was unclear how many hostages they still had with them.
The authorities said that more than 570 Algerian workers had been freed following a military rescue mission on Thursday and that 100 of 132 foreign contractors taken hostage at the gas field had been rescued or had escaped.
Cameron spoke twice to the Algerian prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, on Friday, to offer the help of UK special forces, and came away from his talks believing the Algerian government would not mount another unilateral all-out attack on the gas plant.