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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