Cameron condemns 'brutal and savage' Algeria attack

London, Jan 18 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron Friday condemned the "brutal and savage" crisis where several Britons were taken hostage by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Algeria.

Cameron told British MPs in a statement that less than 30 British citizens were believed to be "at risk" in Algeria, Xinhua reported.

That number has now been "quite significantly reduced", Cameron said, and added that he could not give any further details.

The prime minister expressed "disgust and condemnation" at the "brutal and savage attack".

Cameron updated the MPs on the situation after chairing a meeting of the government's emergency response committee.

He said the attack was "large, well coordinated and heavily armed" and appeared to be pre-planned.

The hostage-takers have claimed to have seized dozens of foreign workers, including Britons, Americans, Norwegians and Japanese.

"We should be prepared for the possibility of further bad news, very difficult news, in this extremely difficult situation," Cameron said.

Foreign Secretary William Hague cut short a visit to Australia to return to Britain.


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