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Japanese and French oil workers reportedly kidnapped in Algeria

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Japanese and French oil workers reportedly kidnapped in Algeria

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Islamist militants have reportedly seized five Japanese nationals and a French citizen from an oil facility in Ain Amenas in southern Algeria.

According to local and diplomatic sources the foreigners were taken from the facility early in the morning.

But there was been no immediate confirmation of the abduction from Algerian or French officials.

Eight French nationals are already being held hostage by militants in the country.