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Algeria Crisis: Dead British Hostage Named
A British hostage killed in the terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant has been named as 46-year-old Paul Morgan.
Mr Morgan, who is from Liverpool, is the first of the four Britons confirmed dead to be named by the Foreign Office since the crisis drew to a bloody end on Saturday.
His family paid tribute to him in a statement written by his 65-year-old mother, Marianne, and 36-year-old partner, Emma Steele.
"Paul was a true gentleman, a family man, he very much loved his partner Emma, his mum, brother and sister, of who he was very proud. he loved life and lived it to the full.
"He was a professional man proud to do the job he did and died doing the job he loved .
"We are so proud of what he achieved in his life. We are devastated by Paul's death and he will be truly missed."
David Cameron has said that three other Britons and on British resident are also feared dead after the stand-off in the Sahara desert.
The over all death toll stands at 81, according to Algerian security sources, with 107 foreign workers and 685 local employees released.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said 22 British nationals had survived the four-day siege at the In Amenas gas plant and were already back in the UK.
One Survivor, Alan Wright, has spoken to Sky News about how he made a "Great Escape" style break, making a hole in a perimeter fence.
Mr Cameron called the attack "appalling" and warned there are "decades" of terrorist struggle ahead.
He said: "I know the whole country will want to join me in sending our sympathies and condolences to the families who have undergone an absolutely dreadful ordeal, and now face life without these very precious loved ones."
He described the attack as a "stark reminder" of the continuing terrorist threat and vowed to use Britain's chairmanship of the G8 to ensure that it was at the top of the international agenda.
"This is a global threat and it will require a global response. It will require a response that is about years, even decades, rather than months," he said.
"It requires a response that is patient and painstaking, that is tough but also intelligent, but above all has an absolutely iron resolve and that is what we will deliver over these coming years."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said two Scots, or people with immediate family connections in Scotland, are believed to have been killed.
Carlos Estrada, a Colombian man who lived in London with his family and worked for BP, has been confirmed dead by President Juan Manuel Santos.
At least one American died before Saturday's assault, and Japanese engineering firm JGC Corp said 10 of its Japanese and seven of its foreign workers are still unaccounted for.
Despite the major loss of life, Mr Cameron refused to criticise Algeria's handling of the crisis.
"The responsibility for these deaths lies squarely with the terrorists who launched these vicious and cowardly attacks," he said.
"When you are dealing with a terrorist incident on this scale with up to 30 terrorists it is extremely difficult to respond and get this right in every respect."
He added: "What we face is an extremist, Islamist, al Qaeda-linked terrorist group. Just as we had to deal with that in Pakistan and in Afghanistan so the world needs to come together to deal with this threat in north Africa."
The kidnappers are part of the Masked Brigade - a terrorist splinter group led by the veteran jihadist, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, which broke away from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
They initially claimed the attack was in retaliation for the French military intervention in neighbouring Mali.
It was subsequently reported that they were demanding the release of two terrorists held in the US, including 1993 World Trade Centre bombing mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman, in return for the release of two US captives.
Belmokhtar has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack and called on France to halt air strikes in Mali.
Mauritanian news website Sahara Media said Belmokhtar declared in a video: "We in al Qaeda announce this blessed operation."
The video was not shown and it is not immediately possible to verify the information.
The Mauritanian news agency, ANI, also carried a statement apparently from the group which warned further strikes on nations involved in combating the Mali rebels.
It said: "We remind our Muslim brothers of the need to clear out from sites run by foreign companies, especially the French ones, to save their lives."
The private Algerian television channel Ennahar has reported that Algerian troops searching the gas plant for bodies have also found five of the kidnappers, still alive.
The drama started on Wednesday when a group of around 30 heavily-armed militants mounted a dawn raid on the plant which is close to the Libyan border.
They seized hostages from among the 700 Algerian and foreign workers at the site. Two members of staff, including one Briton, died in the initial assault.
Algerian special forces mounted an operation to take back the plant 24 hours later, without informing any other governments in advance.
The Algerians insisted later that they had to act due to fears that the militants were about to flee into the desert, taking hostages with them.
By Friday, it was being claimed that around 100 foreigners - from a total of 132 - and 573 Algerians had been freed.
On Saturday, Algerian troops launched a final assault on the site and brought the stand-off to a bloody conclusion.
The state news agency, APS, reported that the terrorists had executed seven of the remaining hostages before they themselves were killed.
Troops later found an arsenal of six machine guns, 21 rifles, two shotguns, two 60mm mortars with shells, six 60mm missiles with launchers, two rocket-propelled grenades with eight rockets and 10 grenades in explosive belts.
The terrorists also booby-trapped the sprawling plant with explosives before the last shoot-out.
Algeria's interior ministry has strongly defended the rescue operation.
"To avoid a bloody turn of events in response to the extreme danger of the situation, the army's special forces launched an intervention with efficiency and professionalism to neutralise the terrorist groups that were first trying to flee with the hostages and then blow up the gas facilities," it said in a statement.
Algeria has fought its own Islamist rebellion since the 1990s, elements of which later declared allegiance to al Qaeda and then set up new groups in the poorly patrolled wastes of the Sahara, where they flourished.