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Norwich father killed in Algeria terror attack

PUBLISHED: 15:42 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:44 23 January 2013

Sebastian John was today named as the fourth British victim of the Algerian siege.

Sebastian John was today named as the fourth British victim of the Algerian siege.

A young father from Norwich was among the victims of the Algerian siege, it has been revealed.

Sebastian John, 26, was today named as the fourth Briton to have died in the terror attack at the In Amenas plant, in which six UK Nationals are thought to have died.

Mr John was a former Norwich School pupil who was married to Nicola, with whom he had a seven-month-old baby.

He was a civil and structural engineer who began work for BP last year, and had arrived in Algeria a week before the siege started to complete a training course.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office today, Mrs John paid an emotional tribute to her husband.

“Sebastian was the most amazing person. He was a fantastic husband, father, son and brother,” she said.

“There won’t be a moment that goes by where we won’t think of him.

“We are so proud of Sebastian for all he achieved in his life. He was taken away from us too early and in the most tragic circumstances.

“We will always love him, he will be forever in our hearts and eternally missed.”

Mr John was a former Loughborough University student who had been selected as a president’s apprentice by the Institute of Civil Engineers.

A total of 37 foreign workers are believed to have died at the remote desert facility – part-operated by BP – which was overrun by heavily-armed terrorists.

Some 29 of the hostage-takers died, while three were captured by Algerian troops during a special forces mission to end the four-day stand-off.

Did you know Mr John? Would you like to pay tribute to him? Email mark.shields@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772423.

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