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Algerians say errors were made during hostage crisis

Algeria's foreign minister has said his government is assessing the mistakes made in the recent hostage crisis at the Saharan gas plant in which Belfast man Stephen McFaul was rescued, but where many foreign workers were killed by Algerian military strikes.

Mourad Medelci said that Algeria needs to reinforce security for multinational companies working there, after Islamist extremists raided the plant and seized the hostages last week.


Speaking in Davos, Switzerland, he said the attack was not targeting Algeria but "investors ... and the foreigners who work there".

At least 37 hostages and 29 militants lost their lives.

Mr Medelci acknowledged that Algeria, which has grappled with internal extremist violence for years, needs international help to combat terrorism.

Algeria's decision to refuse foreign help and send the military to fire on vehicles full of hostages drew widespread international criticism.