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Thirty hostages reported killed in Algeria assault

The Tigantourine natural gas facility in the Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria is seen in this 2013 satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/CNES/Spot Image/Handout

The Tigantourine natural gas facility in the Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria is seen in this 2013 satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/CNES/Spot Image/Handout

The Tigantourine natural gas facility in the Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria is seen in this 2013 satellite image courtesy of Google Earth. REUTERS/Google Earth/CNES/Spot Image/Handout
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File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19, 2005. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik/Statoil via Scanpix

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19, 2005. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik/Statoil via Scanpix

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19, 2005. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik/Statoil via Scanpix
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A road sign indicating In Amenas, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Algerian and Libyan border, is seen in this undated picture provided by Norwegian oil company Statoil January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil/Handout

A road sign indicating In Amenas, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Algerian and Libyan border, is seen in this undated picture provided by Norwegian oil company Statoil January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil/Handout

A road sign indicating In Amenas, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Algerian and Libyan border, is seen in this undated picture provided by Norwegian oil company Statoil January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil/Handout
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Mokhtar Belmokhtar, identified by the Algerian interior ministry as the leader of a militant Islamic group, is pictured in a screen capture from an undated video distributed by the Belmokhtar Brigade obtained by Reuters January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Belmokhtar Brigade/Handout

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, identified by the Algerian interior ministry as the leader of a militant Islamic group, is pictured in a screen capture from an undated video distributed by the Belmokhtar Brigade obtained by Reuters January 16, 2013....more

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, identified by the Algerian interior ministry as the leader of a militant Islamic group, is pictured in a screen capture from an undated video distributed by the Belmokhtar Brigade obtained by Reuters January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Belmokhtar Brigade/Handout
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JGC Corp. PR and IR Department Manager Takeshi Endo answers reporters' questions regarding Japanese nationals who were kidnapped in Algeria, at its headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in this January 17, 2013 photo taken by Kyodo. REUTERS/Kyodo

JGC Corp. PR and IR Department Manager Takeshi Endo answers reporters' questions regarding Japanese nationals who were kidnapped in Algeria, at its headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in this January 17, 2013 photo taken by Kyodo. REUTERS/Kyodo

JGC Corp. PR and IR Department Manager Takeshi Endo answers reporters' questions regarding Japanese nationals who were kidnapped in Algeria, at its headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in this January 17, 2013 photo taken by Kyodo. REUTERS/Kyodo
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Belfast man Stephen McFaul (R) is pictured with his sons Dylan (L) and Jake in this undated family handout photo taken four years ago and made available January 17, 2013. McFaul, an Irishman who was among a group of gas workers kidnapped in Algeria, has been freed and is safe, Ireland's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. REUTERS/McFaul Family/Handout

Belfast man Stephen McFaul (R) is pictured with his sons Dylan (L) and Jake in this undated family handout photo taken four years ago and made available January 17, 2013. McFaul, an Irishman who was among a group of gas workers kidnapped in Algeria,...more

Belfast man Stephen McFaul (R) is pictured with his sons Dylan (L) and Jake in this undated family handout photo taken four years ago and made available January 17, 2013. McFaul, an Irishman who was among a group of gas workers kidnapped in Algeria, has been freed and is safe, Ireland's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. REUTERS/McFaul Family/Handout
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Statoil's CEO Helge Lund arrives on Thursday evening at the centre for relatives to the hostages in Algeria, which has been established near the airport in Bergen January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix

Statoil's CEO Helge Lund arrives on Thursday evening at the centre for relatives to the hostages in Algeria, which has been established near the airport in Bergen January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix

Statoil's CEO Helge Lund arrives on Thursday evening at the centre for relatives to the hostages in Algeria, which has been established near the airport in Bergen January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix
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Statoils CEO Helge Lund (L) speaks next to director of foreign operations Lars Christian Bacher (C) and leader of secretariat Bjoen Otto Sverdrup about a hostage situation in Algeria, during a news conference in Stavanger January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/NTB Scanpix

Statoils CEO Helge Lund (L) speaks next to director of foreign operations Lars Christian Bacher (C) and leader of secretariat Bjoen Otto Sverdrup about a hostage situation in Algeria, during a news conference in Stavanger January 17, 2013....more

Statoils CEO Helge Lund (L) speaks next to director of foreign operations Lars Christian Bacher (C) and leader of secretariat Bjoen Otto Sverdrup about a hostage situation in Algeria, during a news conference in Stavanger January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/NTB Scanpix
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Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide speaks about the hostage situation in Algeria during a news conference in Oslo January 17, 2013. Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded. REUTERS/Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO COMMERCIAL SALES

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide speaks about the hostage situation in Algeria during a news conference in Oslo January 17, 2013. Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on...more

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide speaks about the hostage situation in Algeria during a news conference in Oslo January 17, 2013. Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded. REUTERS/Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO COMMERCIAL SALES
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A general view of Norwegian oil firm Statoil headquarters in Stavanger, Norway in this picture provided by Scanpix January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/Scanpix

A general view of Norwegian oil firm Statoil headquarters in Stavanger, Norway in this picture provided by Scanpix January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/Scanpix

A general view of Norwegian oil firm Statoil headquarters in Stavanger, Norway in this picture provided by Scanpix January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/Scanpix
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French armoured vehicles make their way north of Bamako in this picture provided by the French Army on January 16, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Arnaud Roine/Handout

French armoured vehicles make their way north of Bamako in this picture provided by the French Army on January 16, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Arnaud Roine/Handout

French armoured vehicles make their way north of Bamako in this picture provided by the French Army on January 16, 2013. REUTERS/ECPAD/Arnaud Roine/Handout
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Lars Christian Bacher, director for international affairs at Norwegian oil firm Statoil, gives a news conference in regards to the attack at gas field in Algeria, at Stavanger, Norway in this picture provided by Scanpix January 16, 2013. Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The gas field is operated by a joint venture including BP , Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach. At right is leader of secretariat Bjoern Otto Sverdrup. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Lars Christian Bacher, director for international affairs at Norwegian oil firm Statoil, gives a news conference in regards to the attack at gas field in Algeria, at Stavanger, Norway in this picture provided by Scanpix January 16, 2013. Islamist...more

Lars Christian Bacher, director for international affairs at Norwegian oil firm Statoil, gives a news conference in regards to the attack at gas field in Algeria, at Stavanger, Norway in this picture provided by Scanpix January 16, 2013. Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The gas field is operated by a joint venture including BP , Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach. At right is leader of secretariat Bjoern Otto Sverdrup. REUTERS/Kent Skibstad/Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide give a news conference regarding the attack on Norwegian oil firm Statoil's gas field in Algeria, in Oslo in this picture provided by Scanpix January 15, 2013. Islamist militants attacked the gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The gas field is operated by a joint venture including BP , Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach. At right is leader of secretariat Bjoern Otto Sverdrup. REUTERS/Berit Roald/Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide give a news conference regarding the attack on Norwegian oil firm Statoil's gas field in Algeria, in Oslo in this picture provided by Scanpix January 15,...more

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (R) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide give a news conference regarding the attack on Norwegian oil firm Statoil's gas field in Algeria, in Oslo in this picture provided by Scanpix January 15, 2013. Islamist militants attacked the gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The gas field is operated by a joint venture including BP , Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach. At right is leader of secretariat Bjoern Otto Sverdrup. REUTERS/Berit Roald/Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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