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Stephen McFaul's family celebrate hostage release

17 January 2013 Last updated at 19:24 GMT

A Belfast man who was held hostage at a BP facility in Algeria has been freed and has spoken to his wife.

Stephen McFaul, 36, who was travelling on an Irish passport, was being held along with other foreign nationals.

Mr McFaul's 13-year-old son has said he can't wait to give his father "a big hug".

A second man from Northern Ireland, travelling on a British passport is involved in the hostage situation, the North Antrim DUP Ian Paisley has said.

Natasha Sayee reports for BBC Newsline.