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January 21, 2013

Algeria: Ex-driver at complex among hostage-takers

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria’s prime minister says a former driver at a natural gas complex was among the band of al-Qaida-linked militants who stormed the site and took hundreds of workers hostage.

Abdelmalek Sellal says the former driver was from Niger.

He says the terror cell also included two Canadians, but did not say whether the Canadians were among the 29 militants killed by Algerian forces who raided the vast complex, or the three who were captured alive.

At least 38 hostages died in the attack — all but one of them foreigners. Algerian authorities say five more remain unaccounted for.

The prime minister says the hostage-takers knew the layout of the site by heart.

 

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