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BP hit by kidnap attack at Algeria site

The UK Foreign Office confirmed Wednesday a 'terrorist' incident at a BP gas field in central Algeria.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed Wednesday a 'terrorist' incident at a BP gas field in central Algeria.

Islamist militants are suspected of kidnapping up to eight foreigners from the facility.

Five Japanese nationals and a French citizen were said to among those abducted Wednesday morning, according to reports.

BP released a statement saying there had been a security incident at the site and Algerian troops had kicked off an operation to rescue the hostages.

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"The Algerian authorities are engaged with the incident. The UK authorities have also been advised," the company said.

"BP has activated its emergency response system and is setting up a helpline for relatives. We have no more confirmed details at this time. We will provide further updates."

The oil giant did not say whether they were taken away from the site.

The Foreign Office said: "The British embassy in Algeria is aware of the incident and is liaising with local authorities.

"We are aware that British nationals are working in the area. We cannot confirm at this stage whether any are involved in the incident. We are urgently seeking clarification from oil companies working in the area."

BP has set up a helpline for relatives following the incident.

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