Norwegian PM confirms 13 Norwegians taken hostage in Algeria

Norwegian PM confirms 13 Norwegians taken hostage in Algeria
# 16 January 2013 20:39 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Wednesday night that 13 Norwegian nationals have been taken hostage in a terrorist attack on a gas field in eastern Algeria, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Stoltenberg said at an urgent press conference that he looked "very seriously" at the unfolding situation arisen out of the hostage episode.

"It's one of the most serious hostage situation Norwegian citizens have been involved in," said the prime minister.

He said that the important thing was to "get our people home safe and sound" and that there are few lives lost in the action.

Lars Christian Bacher, a spokesperson for Norwegian state oil firm Statoil, said that 13 employees of the company at the gas facility were kidnapped earlier in the day.

Two of the hostages suffered injuries in the drama, according to the spokesman

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