Militants Seize Hostages at Algerian Oil Site

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants in southern Algeria have attacked a facility run by British oil company BP, taking several hostages.

Diplomats and security officials say the militants seized at least six hostages early Wednesday, including Japanese, British and Norwegian nationals.

The officials say the Algerian army is launching an operation at the site.

BP says in a statement it is aware of a “security incident” at the In Amenas gas field, but could not confirm additional details.