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Norwegian PM wants to bring home safely Norwegians caught up in the hostage Drama in Algeria

Thursday, 17 January 2013
The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg reacted in a press conference in relation to the hostage takers in Alergia in a press conference later on Wednesday.
He said: "the situation is serious and difficult to grasp."
"It is one of the most serious hostage drama Norway has been involved in, as such his is why we should take it very seriously," said Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference on Wednesday evening.

See statoil press release here,  which it says it has about 17 employees at the plant and that they are safe on a military base.
Two of the employees have encountered physical harm, the Prime Minister said.
"We have no detailed information about them, but we have been informed that they are minor injuries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to send an emergency team to Algeria to help the embassy, said the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide at the press conference.
"I ask for your understanding that we can not go into more detail on what action we will take," said Stoltenberg.
The Prime Minister is not want to speculate on who might be behind the attack.
"Tonight's mission is to get our countrymen safe home and that no one gets hurt." Team

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