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Bodies of 25 hostages found after Algeria bloodbath

Published on Jan 20, 2013 9:52 PM
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A picture shows an accommodation compound belonging to Algeria's Sonatrach oil company in Tiguentourine near In Amenas in the desert in Algeria's deep south on Jan 19, 2013. Security forces found the bodies of 25 hostages as they combed a desert gas plant after a deadly stand-off with Islamists, and witnesses said nine Japanese captives were executed. -- PHOTO: AFP

IN AMENAS, Algeria (AFP) - Security forces found the bodies of 25 hostages as they combed a desert gas plant after a deadly stand-off with Islamists, and witnesses said nine Japanese captives were executed.

Citing security sources, Mr Anis Rahmani of private television channel Ennahar told AFP the army discovered "the bodies of 25 hostages" as they secured the sprawling In Amenas Sahara site.

Algerian Communications Minister Mohamed Said earlier told a radio station: "I fear that it (the toll) may be revised upward", after at least 23 foreigners and Algerians, mostly hostages, were killed over the four days.

It was not immediately clear if the 23 were included in Sunday's 25 toll.

 
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