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Algeria hostage Belfast man Stephen McFaul due home

18 January 2013 Last updated at 20:15 GMT

A spokesperson for the family of Stephen McFaul have described his mood as "bright and together and nervously excited" about returning home.

The 36-year-old is expected to arrive back in Northern Ireland on Friday or Saturday.

The oil worker, who holds an Irish passport, was held hostage at a BP facility in Algeria for two days, along with other foreign nationals.

He managed to escape on Thursday after his captors' jeep crashed.

Natasha Sayee reports for BBC Newsline.