Nine Japanese killed in Algerian hostage crisis-govt source
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Nine Japanese nationals were killed during a four-day siege at a gas plant in Algeria, where the number of hostages killed had already reached at least 48, a Japanese government source said on Monday.
"We've received information from the Algerian government that nine Japanese are dead," the official, who declined to be identified pending the official announcement, told Reuters.
The Japanese government and engineering firm JGC Corp , which had several dozen employees working at theplant, have so far said only that 10 Japanese workers remained
unaccounted for. Neither would confirm media reports of casualties.