Thursday the Algerian army lauched an operation to free the hostages held inside a gas compound in the Sahara dessert. By late last night there was news that the operation had ended but, although some hostages had been freed more had been killed, some in the cross-fire. Details continued to be sketchy with conflicting reports.
Today in the UK, Foreign Secretary, William Hague has said that the hostage situation in Algeria is continuing.
The Algerian army attempted the rescue mission without the UK government's knowledge. A range of foreign nationals were being held and later in the day the government of Japan called for the operation to stop. A US unmanned drone supplied images and vital information from the air. How much the US administration knew of events as they happened is unclear.
The number of freed, dead or injured appears 'changeable' right now. It has been confirmed that Irishman Stephen McFaul and three Japanese workers were freed. The kidnappers claimed the hostages included British, American, Norwegian and Japanese workers.
SkyNews has reported that Stephen McFaul escaped as the hostages were being transported. He had explosives tied around his neck. As the rescue operation began the vehicle crashed and he was able to escape.
The fact that the hostages were 'on the move' could have been why the Algerian army chose to act when it did.
This is an ongoing story and TEK will update throughout the day...............
Lunchtime: PM Cameron has advised the UK of revised numbers of casualties and those unaccounted for. Around 60 hostages are still missing. What nationality these are is unclear. Those kidnapped included Britons, Norwegians, Japanese and Americans.
Around 4pm GMT the BBC reported that only around 30 hostages are still unaccounted for. The freed are reported as 573 Algerians and 100 out of 132 foreign nationals. The miltants are still at the site and it is believed that they still have hostages. 10 British workers are thought to be trapped there. Numbers of dead are still unclear. Until there are more accurate reports we will avoid speculation.
Special forces are working at the scene to bring the crisis to a conclusion.
The In Amenas gas field, where the crisis is taking place, is run by the Algerian state.