Scots in Algerian hostage crisis ‘safe and well’

First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed that the Scots hostages are safe
First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed that the Scots hostages are safe
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A statement from First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed that all Scots caught up in the Alegrian hostage crisis are free.

These included Grangemouth BP worker Mark Grant (29) who, according to earlier unconfirmed reports, was one of four foreigners safely in the hands of the Algerian amy.

Mr Salmond said: “The full extent of the crisis is still not known but this is clearly a tragic situation and our thoughts at this difficult time are with the families of all those who have been caught up in events in Algeria. We extend our sympathies to the families and friends of those innocent people affected from many countries by this disgraceful terrorist incident.

“We are not confirming numbers or other details at this stage as the situation continues to be fluid and is not yet resolved.

‘‘However, our police service in Scotland have confirmed that a number of people identified as resident in Scotland, who had been held captive in the In Amenas facility, and of whom I spoke yesterday in parliament, have now been confirmed as safe and well.

“The Scottish police forces involved have all done an excellent job in difficult circumstances in identifying those individuals who live in Scotland and contacting their families. In each case police officers continue to offer every support to the families at this worrying and uncertain time.

“We continue to work closely with the UK Government to monitor the situation and stand ready to offer any assistance we possibly can. Our thoughts remain with all of those who are affected by this tragedy.”