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Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:30 pm

Hostages from at least 10 nations in Algeria

By The Associated Press

Islamic militants said they captured 41 foreign hostages at a natural gas complex in the Algerian desert. Some were killed in an Algerian military assault, though figures varied widely.

Here's a summary of the latest information on the hostages:

- ALGERIA: Hundreds of Algerians worked at the gas plant, but the Algerian media say most were released. The Norwegian energy company Statoil says three of its Algerian employees were hostages.

- NORWAY: Nine Norwegian employees of Statoil are hostages, the company says.

- UNITED STATES: Seven Americans were hostages, the militants said, but they claimed only two survived the Algerian strafing Thursday. The U.S. has confirmed that some of its citizens are hostages but gave no numbers.

- BRITAIN: "Several" British nationals are among the hostages, the U.K. government says. Algeria's state news agency says two Britons were killed in Thursday's assault.

- JAPAN: The government said Japanese company JGC Corp, which provides services at the complex, confirmed three of its employees were safe and the status of 14 others was unclear. The statement didn't address earlier media reports that three Japanese were hostages.

- PHILIPPINES: Algeria's state news agency said two Filipino hostages were killed. Philippine Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said Friday at least one Filipino escaped with injuries during the military operation and he had no information about any fatalities.

- MALAYSIA: Two Malaysians were held, the government says.

- IRELAND: A 36-year-old Irish man was among the hostages but is now safe and free, according to Ireland's government.

- FRANCE: President Francois Hollande says there are French hostages but gave no exact number.

- ROMANIA: Romania's Foreign Ministry says Romanians are among hostages.