8 OFWs confirmed dead in Algeria seige

Posted at 01/25/2013 7:31 AM | Updated as of 01/25/2013 1:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were killed in the deadly hostage crisis in an Algerian gas complex has risen to eight, Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez said on Friday.

"We have accounted for eight dead and one missing," said Hernandez in a phone interview with ANC's Headstart.

Hernandez said the DFA received news on Thursday night from its team in Algeria that one of the two missing OFWs was found dead.

He said the names of the eight Filipinos, who died when Islamic militants attacked the In Amenas gas complex, were not disclosed at the request of their respective families.

Out of the 26 Filipinos working in the gas complex, 17 have been accounted for alive, eight were killed and one remains missing.

“All of the bodies that were found in In Amenas are already in Algiers. Our team in Algiers is just waiting for the Algerian authorities to allow them to view the remaining remains in the mortuary,” said Hernandez.

Of the 17, four are confined at the Al Azhar Clinic in Algiers, eight have been repatriated while the remaining five were vacationing in the Philippines.

Most of the Filipinos died of gunshot and explosion wounds.

Hernandez said most of the fatalities worked for the Japan Gas Corporation, while the rest worked for British and French companies.

Algeria has said 37 foreigners of eight different nationalities and an Algerian were killed in the four-day siege, which ended in a rescue operation by security forces who captured three of the assailants.

The Islamic militants, who have links to terrorist organization al Qaeda, were protesting the presence of French troops in the adjacent country of Mali. – with Agence France-Presse