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Algeria Siege: 37 Foreigners Died

Source: BBC 1/21/2013, Location: Africa

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Algeria's Prime Minister has said 37 foreigners of eight nationalities and one Algerian worker were killed during the hostage crisis at a gas plant. PM Abdelmalek Sellal said 29 of the militants who overran the facility near the desert town of In Amenas had been killed and three captured alive.

The militants included 11 Tunisians, two Canadians, and others, he said.

The four-day siege ended at the weekend when Algerian troops recaptured the site. Five hostages are still missing.

Japan on Monday said seven of its nationals had been killed and three others remained missing.

US officials confirmed that three Americans were among the dead, with seven survivors.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said thee Britons had been killed, with three others missing and presumed dead.

He said the hostage crisis highlighted the need for a "strong security response" matched by an "intelligent political response".

The foreigners killed or still missing also include workers from France, Norway, Malaysia, the Philippines and Romania.

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