60 Hostages Still Missing

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) leaves Number 10 Downing Street in the snow as he travels to the House of Commons to deliver a statement on the unfolding hostage situation in Algeria on January 18, 2013 in London, England. Islamist militants had claimed to be holding 41 foreigners hostage at a gas treatment plant in the Algerian desert. At least four hostages and several militants were killed yesterday when Algerian troops stormed an area of the plant.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Cameron en route to House of Commons on Friday. (Oli Scarff/Getty)

    At least 60 foreign hostages are still unaccounted for in the standoff with Islamic militants in Algeria, the country’s state news agency said Friday. Half the 132 foreign nationals have been freed, along with 573 Algerians, says Reuters. According to a Mauritanian news agency, the kidnappers offered to trade two American hostages for two jailed terrorists, including Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Some of the hostages were reportedly strapped to explosives, according to Garry Barlow, one of the freed hostages. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the British government had not been told by Algeria about the rescue mission beforehand.

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