Hostages from at least 10 nations in Algeria

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 6:16 am •  Published: January 18, 2013
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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.



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