Algeria hostage crisis

Algeria survivors and dead arrive in Tokyo

Three of the Algeria siege victims’ coffins are saluted by air crew as they are carried away from the Japanese government plane. Photo: AP

Haneda Airport officials used black umbrellas to shield those getting off the government plane from the glare of cameras. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida stood alongside officials from engineering firm JGC, which employed all the Japanese caught up in the siege, bowing deeply after the coffins were brought out from the plane's cargo hold.



Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 4:28am

Japan’s Algeria toll hits 10 as survivors head home

 JGC Corporation's spokesman Takeshi Endo attends a press conference at the company's headquarters in Yokohama. Photo: AFP

Japan’s government on Thursday confirmed a tenth victim of the Algerian hostage crisis, as friends and colleagues of those who perished paid tribute at a makeshift altar.

24 Jan 2013 - 8:56pm

Seventh Filipino confirmed killed in Algeria

Filipino workers arrive in Manila from Algeria on Sunday. Photo: EPA

A seventh worker from the Philippines has been confirmed killed in last week’s siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria, the foreign department in Manila said.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:06pm

Japan confirms two more Algeria dead

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Tokyo on Wednesday said it had confirmed the deaths of two more Japanese in last week’s hostage seige at an Algerian gas plant, taking the country’s total toll to nine, with one still unaccounted for.

23 Jan 2013 - 11:03pm

Survivors of hostage ordeal in Algeria return home to Japan and Philippines

Joseph Balmaceda explains how the gunmen used him and other foreign hostages as human shields during the ordeal. Photo: EPA

At least seven Japanese and six Filipinos died during the four-day hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant, it emerged yesterday, as survivors returned to Asia recalling their horrific ordeal.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmakek Sellal said a total of 37 foreign workers died and seven were still missing after the attack, co-ordinated by a Canadian.

22 Jan 2013 - 6:43am

'We were used as human shields,' Filipino survivor says

Joseph Balmaceda, centre, is helped to a vehicle in Manila. Photo: AP

Six Filipinos were killed in gunfire or explosions during a siege by Islamic militants on a gas plant in Algeria, and four others are missing, the Philippine government said on Monday.

21 Jan 2013 - 6:55pm

Algeria finds dead Canadian militants as hostage toll rises

Rescue vehicles are seen near the gas plant where the hostage crisis occurred in Algeria. Photo: AP

Algerian forces have found the bodies of two Canadian Islamist fighters after a bloody siege at a desert gas plant, as the death toll reached at least 80.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Algeria desert siege death toll may rise as missing sought

Hostages put their hands in the air at the In Amenas gas facility in this still image taken from video footage taken last week. Photo: Reuters

Governments scrambled on Sunday to track down missing nationals after the bloody end to a gas plant siege in the Sahara that saw Islamists kill at least 23 foreigners and Algerians, mostly hostages, as Algiers feared the toll may rise.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippine hostages fly home after Algerian crisis

Hostages are seen with their hands in the air at the In Amenas gas facility in this still image taken from video footage taken last week. Photo: Reuters

The Philippines said on Sunday that 52 of its nationals had been accounted for in Algeria following the hostage crisis at a remote gas plant, but it was still not known whether any Filipinos had died.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am