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Two Norwegians caught in the Algerian saga released last night - on their way home right now

Saturday, 19 January 2013
Two Norwegian, Statoil workers caught in the Algerian hostage saga are safe  and are on their way home to Norway, Statoil's CEO Helge Lund (pictured below) said at a press conference Saturday morning. But there are reports also that six Norwegians are still not accounted for.
Norwegian government has been very reluctant and cautious with the amount of information it releases. On Friday evening, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said that: "We are going into a weekend where we as a nation must be prepared for bad news"

Statoil announced that over the course of the night "we have received confirmation that two additional Statoil employees were brought to safety. The situation for 6 employees at In Amenas remains uncertain."

One of the persons brought to safety during the night has been transported out of Algeria and is now en route to Norway. The other will be transported out of Algeria sometime on Saturday.
"There is good news," said Helge Lund underlining the gravity of the situation.
What has happened to the other six Statoil Norwegians employees who were taken from the plant in southern Algeria is unclear.
"For our other employees, the situation remains unclear. I have not received confirmation that the military operation has ended," Lund said at the press conference.

Norway's Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide, confirms that two people have been released. She radio station NRK that she hope that the hostage crisis will soon be over.
According to Statoil, a total of 11 of the 17 Statoil employees who were located at the In Amenas plant have been brought to safety. The person who was brought to safety on Thursday night arrived in Bergen on Friday. He has minor injuries, is in stable condition, and is receiving medical treatment at Haukeland University Hospital, Norway.
by Team

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