Hostages from at least 10 nations in Algeria
- Article by: The Associated Press
- Associated Press
- January 18, 2013 - 6:16 AM
Islamic militants said they captured 41 foreign hostages at a natural gas complex in the Algerian desert. Some were killed in an Algerian military assault, though information is unclear and figures vary widely.
Here's a summary of the latest information on the hostages:
_ ALGERIA: Hundreds of Algerians worked at the gas plant, but the Algerian media say most were released.
_ NORWAY: Eight Norwegian employees of Statoil remain unaccounted-for.
_ UNITED STATES: Seven Americans were hostages, the militants said, but they claimed only two survived the Algerian strafing Thursday. A U.S. official said late Thursday that while some Americans escaped, other Americans remain either held or unaccounted for.
_ BRITAIN: British Prime Minister David Cameron says 30 Britons were unaccounted for Thursday but that number is now "significantly reduced." One Briton was confirmed killed in the initial attack on Wednesday.
_ JAPAN: JGC Corp, which provides services at the complex, confirmed seven Japanese employees were safe and 10 others were unaccounted for. Ten non-Japanese employees are also alive, it said.
_ PHILIPPINES: Algeria's state news agency said two Filipino hostages were killed. Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said Friday at least one Filipino escaped with injuries during the military operation and he had no information about any fatalities.
_ MALAYSIA: Two Malaysians were held, the government says.
_ IRELAND: A 36-year-old Irish electrician was among the hostages but managed to escape.
_ FRANCE: President Francois Hollande said there are French hostages but gave no exact number.
_ ROMANIA: Romania's Foreign Ministry says Romanians are among hostages.
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