18 January 2013 20:45 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The nine Statoil employees who have been rescued from the Algerian gas field hostage crisis “have experienced extreme stress”, the company said on Friday.
No new information was available on Friday afternoon about the eight other Statoil workers who are thought to still be held captive by militants who attacked and occupied the In Amenas gas field on 16 January, said Lars Christian Bacher, Statoil’s executive vice president of development and production international. Some 41 foreign nationals at the site are believed to have been taken hostage, including Statoil and BP employees.
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"I visited with the families earlier [Friday]. Those who still do not know the status of their loved ones are in an extremely difficult situation,” Bacher said. “We are doing everything we can to support them and provide all the information we can as it becomes available.”
News agency Reuters reported on Friday afternoon that reports on the number of hostages killed at the In Amenas site range from 12 to 30, with anywhere from dozens to scores of foreign nationals still unaccounted for.
The Algerian army launched an assault on the facility on Thursday in hopes of retaking it but was unsuccessful in freeing the hostages.
Reuters reported that
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