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37 foreigners die in siege led by Canadian, Algeria says

Published on Jan 21, 2013 11:15 PM
 

ALGIERS (REUTERS) - A total of 37 foreign workers died at an Algerian desert gas plant, and seven are still missing after a hostage crisis coordinated by a Canadian, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday.

Mr Sellal also said 29 Islamists were killed in the siege, which Algerian forces ended by storming the plant, and three were captured alive.

Earlier, an Algerian security source told Reuters that documents found on the bodies of two militants identified them as Canadians, as special forces scoured the plant following Saturday's bloody end to the siege.

"A Canadian was among the militants. He was coordinating the attack," Mr Sellal told a news conference, adding that the raiders threatened to blow up the gas installation.

 
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