2 Pinoys among dead in Algeria hostage crisis: report

Posted at 01/18/13 02:59 PM
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MANILA, Philippines - Two Filipinos are reportedly among those killed after Algerian special forces tried to rescue the hostages inside a gas plant in the Sahara.

Reports say another Filipino managed to escape.

Two Britons also died during the bloody rescue attempt.

The total number of fatalities and injuries have yet to be determined.

Six hundred workers and four foreigners have been freed as a result of the rescue.

But sources say the militants may still be holding other captives.

Hostage takers were identified as the militant group "Masked Brigade" which is connected to the Al-Qaeda.

The militants are claiming revenge for France's intervention against rebels in Mali. - Dateline Philippines. January 18, 2013