Seven Japanese Confirmed Dead in Algeria Crisis

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.

Read the rest of the story: Japan Confirms 7 Japanese Dead in Algeria Crisis.

Missing 10 JGC workers feared slain in Algeria

Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Minoru Kiuchi visited a local hospital near the Ain Amenas natural gas complex in Algeria on Monday to determine what happened to 10 Japanese feared killed during the four-day hostage crisis in the Sahara.

The unofficial death toll from the ordeal is 80 so far, including 32 of the Islamic militants who attacked the plant, but the Algerian government said the toll is expected to mount. The 80 include 25 slain hostages just found by Algerian troops.

Kiuchi arrived at Ain Amenas around 10 p.m. Sunday Japan time aboard a special plane arranged by an Algerian energy company. He then headed for the gas plant with Algerian energy minister Youcef Yousfi, according to officials in Tokyo.

Read the rest of the story: Missing 10 JGC workers feared slain.