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Article published the Saturday 19 January 2013 - Latest update : Saturday 19 January 2013

French citizen killed in Algerian hostage crisis

Satellite image of the In Amenas gas site in Algeria, where workers are being held hostage.
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By RFI

A Frenchman has been killed during an operation to rescue workers held hostage by Islamic militants at a gas field in eastern Algeria.

The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said Yann Desjeux died when the Algerian military launched a rescue operation at the remote gas plant at In Amenas.

Three other French citizens were rescued.

It is understood Desjeux comes from the town of Anglet, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in southwestern France where he also runs a restaurant.

The crisis began on Wednesday when militants attacked the site, which is jointly run by the British energy giant BP, Norway’s Statoil and Algeria’s state-owned energy company Sonatrach.

A security source in Algeria earlier said 12 hostages have been killed since the Algerian army launched the operation against the Al Qaeda-linked hostage takers.

The office of the French President says François Hollande will on Sunday meet the families of French hostages held in the Sahara.

tags: Algeria - France - François Hollande - Hostages - Islamist - Kidnapping - Laurent Fabius - Mali - Oil
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