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UK prime minister visits Algeria with MI6 chief after deadly natural gas plant attack

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves his official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, on his way to the Houses of Parliament to address lawmakers, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Cameron will travel to Algeria for bilateral meetings Wednesday in wake of the hostage crisis at a natural gas plant in the north African country.The Jan. 16 attack on Algeria's Ain Amenas gas plant ignited a four-day siege with Algerian forces in which at least 37 hostages and 29 militants were killed. Three Britons are confirmed to have died in the attack, and another three are believed dead. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (The Associated Press)

British Prime Minister David Cameron and the head of the country's international spy agency MI6 have arrived in Algeria for talks on strengthening security cooperation following an attack on a natural gas plant in the north African nation.

The Jan. 16 attack on Algeria's Ain Amenas gas plant ignited a four-day siege with Algerian forces in which at least 37 hostages and 29 militants were killed.

Cameron told reporters on his flight to Algeria on Wednesday that his aim is to help the country "help itself" amid a growing threat from al-Qaida-linked terrorists in the region, according to Britain's Press Association.

The prime minister also was accompanied by U.K. National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch. It is the first visit from a serving British prime minister since Algeria gained independence in 1962.