Algeria Hostage Crisis and the Survivors

The bodies of nine Japanese victims and the seven Japanese survivors of last week’s hostage crisis in Algeria returned to Japan Friday morning aboard a government plane, with a separate plane carrying the 10th and last victim expected to arrive early Saturday afternoon. The president of Japanese engineering firm JGC Corp., whose workers were among the victims of the hostage tragedy, said he was extremely pained by the loss of 10 Japanese workers and six non-Japanese workers during the four-day siege by Islamist militants at a remote gas facility in eastern Algeria. “I’ve had to report to you very lamentable results. I’m feeling a truly heartbreaking grief,” Koichi Kawana told a news conference at the company’s head office in Yokohama shortly after his return from Algeria aboard the government plane.

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