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Algeria: BP 'Fears The Worst' Over Employees
BP says it fears the worst for four employees from the Algerian hostage siege crisis who are still unaccounted for.
"The gas complex is so big that we are still in the process of looking for bodies, especially those of missing foreigners," said a BP official at the sprawling plant, 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) southeast of Algiers.
BP chief executive Bob Dudley warned that there could be little hope for the four missing employees.
"We have been gravely concerned for these colleagues and feared one or more fatalities among their number," he said.
"It is with great sadness that I now have to say that we fear the worst for them all."
A fourth British victim of the siege has been named as Sebastian John.
"Sebastian was the most amazing person. He was a fantastic husband, father, son and brother.There won't be a moment that goes by where we won't think of him," his wife, Nicola, said in a statement.
"We are so proud of Sebastian for all he achieved in his life. He was taken away from us too early and in the most tragic circumstances."
Another Briton reported to died in the siege is Carson Bilsland, from Perthshire.
He had reportedly worked in Algeria for around two years as a testing technician and was a former member of the British speed ski team.
Algerian authorities are still searching for five missing foreigners, and trying to identify seven charred bodies.
The British oil giant, one of three companies running the desert gas plant at In Amenas, is holding a minute's silence at offices around the world for the victims of the four-day standoff with Islamist terrorists.
The Algerian government has said 37 foreigners of eight different nationalities and an Algerian were killed by the hostage-takers in the siege. The terrorists were demanding the release of Islamist prisoners and an end to France's intervention in Mali.
The plant, a vital part of Algeria's money-spinning natural-gas industry, is being brought back on stream but questions remain about the Algerian government's handling of the crisis and the shockingly high body count.
Canada's government hauled in the Algerian ambassador to demand proof of official claims in Algiers that two Canadians were among the 29 militants killed by security forces, who brought the standoff to a bloody end on Saturday.
The governments of Japan and Malaysia both expressed frustration at a lack of information about the fate of their nationals and pressed for more clarity from Algiers, as the repatriation of victims' bodies and survivors continued.
The Japanese public have been traumatised at the loss of at least seven nationals in the attack, the country's biggest loss of life at the hands of militants since 9/11, and the government is unable to account for three others.
The Algeria tragedy touched many countries. Six Filipino hostages are known to have died, along with three Americans, three Britons and at least seven Japanese. It was also Japan's biggest loss of life through terrorism since 9/11.
The government has said special forces had managed to free 685 Algerian and 107 foreign hostages, most of them on Thursday, during the first rescue operation.
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