Irishman held hostage in Algeria freed - Irish government

DUBLIN Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:46pm GMT

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - An Irishman who was among a group of gas workers kidnapped in Algeria has been freed and is safe, Ireland's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"He has been in touch with his family. We understand that he is safe and well. He is no longer a hostage," a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry told Reuters.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Janet Lawrence)