Algeria hostage-takers surrounded at gas plant

  • Militants holding foreign workers hostage at a gas plant in Algeria are reported to be stuck at the remote site, surrounded by Algerian special forces.

    According to the state-run APS news agency, 12 Algerian and foreign workers have died since rescue efforts began at the In Amenas gas field on Thursday.

    The plant is jointly run by BP, Norway's Statoil and Algeria's state-owned oil company.

    The al Qaeda linked militants are believed to be armed with rocket launchers and machine guns and are holding seven hostages.

    So far, 573 Algerians and about 100 foreigners working at the plant have been freed.

    However, around 30 foreigners are still unaccounted for.

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