Japan receives severe information about Japan hostages in Algeria

Japan said Sunday it had received “severe information” about Japanese nationals taken hostage at a gas plant in Algeria, which included unconfirmed details of at least one death.
“I have received severe information from the Algerian government about the safety of Japanese people,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, without elaborating further, after holding talks over the phone with the Algerian prime minister.
Abe said his government would make “its utmost effort” to confirm the information.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga separately told a news conference that the information from Algeria included “death and those who are still unaccounted for”.

Suga declined to confirm if, according to Algeria, more than one person was killed, while saying the Japanese government has yet to officially confirm the casualty information.

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Japanese Among Confirmed Hostages in Algeria

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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