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Freed engineer's teenage son says he'll never allow his dad to return to the oilfields

Published 18/01/2013 | 05:00

THE 13-year-old son of freed Irish hostage Stephen McFaul has vowed not to let his father return to the Algerian desert.

Dylan McFaul said he could not wait to give his father "a big hug" as the longed-for news arrived that he had been freed.

"I'm not letting him go back," he added.

Mr McFaul (36), from Andersonstown, Belfast, was among a group of 41 foreign nationals who were held hostage by Islamist militants following a raid on their remote gas refinery near the Libyan border.

The BP engineer was able to call his wife, Angela, at lunchtime to tell her he was free and at a "safe camp".

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