LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Oil major BP said on Wednesday it had experienced a "security incident" at a gas field in Algeria, following reports that Islamist militants had seized five Japanese nationals and a French citizen from the facility on Wednesday.
"We can confirm that there has been a security incident this morning at the In Amenas gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria. We have no more confirmed details at this time," BP said in a statement.
BP said UK authorities had been advised about the incident. BP did not say whether foreigners were taken away from the facility, only that the company was "setting up a helpline for relatives".