Plymouth man freed from Algerian hostage attack talks of his relief
A PLYMOUTH businessman caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis has spoken of his relief at being home.
As reported in yesterday's Herald, Allen McCloud – an engineer with oil giants BP – was captured in the North African country last Wednesday.
His ordeal only came to an end when special forces raided the base where scores of hostages were being held by Al Qaeda linked terrorists on Saturday.
In a statement released through Devon and Cornwall Police, Mr McCloud, 53, said: "I'd like to thank my family and friends for their support. I'm happy to be home but my thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones."
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Mr McCloud was among 22 Britons who survived.
Algerian state news agency APS said 685 Algerian workers and 107 out of 132 foreigners had been freed.
Mr McCloud, who is believed to be a former owner of The Notte Inn at the Barbican, has been heavily involved with the luxury Holtwood development at Plymbridge Road.
It is believed he owns the land currently under development.