Several Japanese employees of Yokohama-based engineering company JCG Corp. were among dozens of foreign workers taken hostage by heavily armed Islamic militants at a natural gas complex in Algeria on Wednesday, the government confirmed.
Algerian troops surrounded the Islamists holding the hostages Thursday after a deadly attack the gunmen said was in reprisal for Algerias cooperation in French operations in Mali.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government was deeply concerned and will “never tolerate” the hostage-taking by the military group.
Suga declined comment on the militants possible motives, saying the government had yet to determine a full picture of the incident, though it has obtained information from various sources.
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