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1. SOUNDBITE: DAVID CAMERON/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, terrorists attacked a gas installation run by BP, the Norwegian company Statoil and the Algerian company Solitary, in Amenas, in Southeastern Algeria, near the Libyan border. The terrorist group is believed to be operating under Moktar al aMoktar (sp?), a criminal terrorist and smuggler who's been operating immorally in the region for a number of years, and who has been affiliated with al Qaeda in the Magreb.

2. SOUNDBITE: DAVID CAMERON/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

The terrorists first attacked two buses en route to the Amenas airfield before attacking the residential compound and the gas facility at the installation. It appears to have been a large, well coordinated and heavily armed assault, and it is probable it was pre-planned. Two of those travelling to the airfield were very sadly killed.

3. SOUNDBITE: DAVID CAMERON/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

During the course of Thursday morning, the Algerians launched an operation. Mr. Speaker, we were not informed of this in advance. I was told by the Algerian Prime Minister while it was taking place. He said that the terrorists had tried to flee, that they judged there to be an immediate threat to the lives of the hostages, and had felt obliged to respond. When I spoke to the Algerian Prime Minister, later last night, he told me that this first operation was complete, but this a large and complex site, and they are still pursuing terrorists and possibly hostages as well.

STORYLINE:

British Prime Minister David Cameron says Algerian forces are "still pursuing terrorists" and are looking for hostages at an oil installation in the Sahara desert.

Cameron told lawmakers Friday that Algerian troops are still engaged in an operation to secure a "large and complex site."

He said hostages included Britons, Algerians and nationals of at least seven other countries.

Cameron said 30 Britons had been unaccounted for Thursday, but that number is now considerably reduced

Algerian special forces stormed a gas plant in eastern Algeria on Thursday to wipe out Islamist militants and free hostages from at least 10 countries. The number of dead and injured remains uncertain.

He said extra protection has been added for diplomatic posts and energy facilities in Algeria.

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