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Inquest date for UK victims of Algeria gas plant siege

The In Amenas gas field in Algeria Image copyright AFP/GETTY
Image caption Six Britons and one UK-based man were taken hostage and killed at In Amenas

An inquest into the deaths of the British victims of a four-day siege at an Algerian gas plant will be held later this year.

The six Britons, and a Colombian man based in the UK, were among 40 hostages killed by terrorists at the In Amenas plant in January 2013.

The inquest is set to take place at the Royal Courts of Justice, West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield said.

September and October have been set aside for the hearing.

Carson Bilsland from Perthshire, Kenneth Whiteside from Fife, Sebastian John from Norfolk, Stephen Green from Hampshire, and Paul Morgan and Garry Barlow, both from Liverpool, died during the siege.

'Lessons'

Carlos Estrada, a BP executive who was originally from Colombia but lived in London, was also killed.

Clive Garner of law firm Irwin Mitchell, representing Mr Estrada's family, said the inquest would be a chance to provide them with "vital answers".

He added: "It is now over a year since Mr Estrada died and his family still do not know exactly what happened to him and how this tragedy occurred.

"It is hoped that the inquest will help the families who lost their loved ones understand exactly what happened so that lessons can be learnt in case of any similar incidents in future."

A total of 29 hostage-takers died during a mission to end the hostage crisis and a further three were captured.

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