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Troops lay siege to Algerian gas field where Irishman and 40 other hostages held by Al Qa'ida

Claire McNeilly and Louise Hogan

Published 17/01/2013 | 06:03

Undated picture of the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages on Wednesday. Photo: AP
A road sign indicating In Amenas, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Algerian and Libyan border. Photo: Reuters

Algerian forces have surrounded the gas field where 41 foreign workers are being held hostage by Al Qa-ida gunmen.

Algerian security officials said two people were killed in the attack on a natural-gas facility at In Amenas yesterday, some 800 miles south of the capital, Algiers, near the Libyan border.

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