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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
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, leader of the group believed to be behind the attack on the BP plant
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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