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First-hand hostage accounts from the attack in Algeria

About 32 foreign hostages are still unaccounted for in the standoff with Islamist militants at an Algerian gas plant, according to the Algerian state news service.

In statements Friday, London-based BP, Norway's Statoil and other companies said many hostages had escaped or were rescued in the military operation launched by Algerian troops at dawn Thursday. The plant is jointly run by BP, Statoil and the Algerian state energy company, Sonatrach

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