Canada’s foreign affairs department is currently looking into claims that  one or more of the terrorists in Algeria were Canadian, and are seeking more details from Algerian authorities.

The Canadian foreign affairs department condemned the kidnapping as “deplorable and cowardly act” reports The Guardian.

In a statement, the department said:“We support the government of Algeria in its ongoing struggle against terrorist forces, and we will continue to work with the Algerians and other north African countries to stop the forces of extremism.”

The death toll after the four-day siege of the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria is now 58, which includes three Brits confirmed dead, with three more, along with one Colombian-born British resident, also thought to have been killed. Nine Japanese people were among the number too. Nearly 700 Algerian workers and more than 100 of other nationalities are thought to have escaped.

David Cameron, the British prime minister, is to address the Commons on the situation later today.

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