LONDON Jan 16 Oil major BP said 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
"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
Diplomatic and local sources said earlier on Wednesday the
militants had seized foreigners at the field.
The field, located close to the border with Libya, is
operated by a joint venture including BP, Norwegian oil firm
Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach.
BP said the field was approximately 1,300 km from the