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UPDATE: 20 hostages escape, including Americans

ALGERIA (WKOW) -- An Algerian security official says at least 20 foreigners have escaped from the natural gas plant deep in the Sahara desert where Islamist militants are holding dozens of hostages.

The official said those escaping included Americans and Europeans. He did not give any further details.

Reports say 41 people were abducted from a BP Oil field in Algeria, following an attack by Al-Qaeda linked insurgents.

The gas plant has been surrounded by the Algerian army and there's now a tense standoff with the militants.

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ALGERIA (WKOW) -- Islamist militants in Algeria are holding dozens of hostages, including seven Americans.

Algerian troops have now surrounded the compound deep in the Sahara Desert. The head of the Pentagon is vowing that the U.S. will take all necessary and proper steps to deal with the attack.

Reports say 41 people were abducted from a BP Oil field in Algeria, following an attack by Al-Qaeda linked insurgents.

The attack started when 20 Islamic militants approached the oil workers, heavily armed, driving in three unmarked cars. The workers were on a bus going to an airport. Fighting started between security forces for the workers and the militants.

At least one foreign worker was killed, others were wounded.

The militants are also holding captive British, Norwegian, French and Japanese workers.

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