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Jan 16, 2013 | 14:20 GMT

Algeria: Militants Claim To Be Holding 41 Hostages

The militant group that took foreign hostages at a plant in Algeria on Jan. 16 is holding 41 foreign citizens, the group claimed, Sahara Media reported. The group, led by a militant named Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed to be holding American, French, British and Japanese nationals. It said it carried out the action in retaliation for Algeria's opening of its airspace to France for operations in northern Mali.

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