Hostage crisis - 37 foreigners killed

2013-01-21 16:51
Algerian security personnel monitor as empty coffins are transported to collect victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria's deep south. (Farouk Batiche, AFP)

Algerian security personnel monitor as empty coffins are transported to collect victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria's deep south. (Farouk Batiche, AFP)

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Algiers - Thirty-seven foreigners of eight different nationalities were killed during the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant that was overrun by Islamist gunmen, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday.

"Thirty-seven foreigners of eight different nationalities," were killed during the four-day siege, Sellal told a news conference in Algiers, adding that an Algerian was also killed, giving an overall toll of 38.

He also said that the 32 militants who overran the In Amenas gas complex, taking hundreds of workers hostage, came from northern Mali. Twenty-nine of them were killed and three arrested.

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