A north-east man was last night feared to be one of the Scots oil workers kidnapped by Al Qaeda terrorists in the north African desert.
It is understood a BP employee from the Banff and Buchan area was among scores of hostages taken at gunpoint at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria.
Shortly after Prime Minister David Cameron said the country should be prepared for “more bad news” it emerged two Britons were among the dead following a raid to free the workers. There were reports that 30 hostages had been killed.
It is understood that another Scots worker, from the Perth area, could have been among those captured, and it is also believed that a man from the Glasgow area was released by the terrorists.
Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford told the Press and Journal: “It’s my understanding there could be at least one person from the north-east involved, but it’s not possible to confirm anything at this time.”
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