Algeria gas workers taken hostage
16 January 2013 Last updated at 22:17 GMT
At least 20 foreigners - including US, French, British, Norwegian and Japanese citizens - are being held hostage by Islamist militants at a gas facility in Algeria.
The facility near In Amenas, part-owned by BP, was attacked by a heavily-armed "terrorist group", and a man claiming to be a spokesman for the militants told BBC Arabic that al-Qaeda was responsible.
The attack has been linked to Algeria's support of the French military intervention against al-Qaeda-linked rebels in neighbouring Mali.
Frank Gardner reports.