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Funeral held for Algeria hostage victim Garry Barlow

The funeral of a Liverpool man killed in an attack on a gas plant in Algeria has taken place.

The service for Garry Barlow, 49, was held at St Mary's Church in West Derby earlier.

Reverend Dr David Leslie said bitterness over his death would "merely perpetuate the hatred that unleashed that dreadful event in the desert".

Forty-eight foreign workers were killed following a siege at the In Amenas plant on 16 January.

'Family man'

Twenty-two British survivors were flown back to the UK and reunited with their families, while Algeria said 29 militants have been killed and three captured alive.

Mr Barlow was a system supervisor for BP at the In Amenas plant.

His family previously described the father-of-two as "a loving, devoted family man" who "loved life and lived it to the full".

Dr Leslie said: "We come here to celebrate Garry's life and we must not allow our thoughts about his death to harden into a bitterness that serves merely to perpetuate the hatred that unleashed that dreadful event in the desert."

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