Seven Japanese workers are confirmed to have died during a hostage crisis at an Algerian oil field and three others remain missing, Japans prime minister said Monday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a government crisis taskforce that he was “speechless” that innocent people had been killed.”
The use of force by terrorists against innocent citizens is totally unforgivable. We strongly condemn it,” he said.
The victims worked for a Japanese engineering company, JGC Corp., at a natural gas plant in the Sahara desert. Seven other Japanese workers for the company survived.
JGC spokesman Takeshi Endo confirmed the deaths. “The loss of many of our talented colleagues is my greatest sorrow,” he said, his voice trembling.
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