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Al-Qaeda-link rebels executed 9 Japanese in Algeria: witnesses

Last modified: 20 Jan 2013 15:12

Al-Qaeda-link rebels holding foreigners hostage at a gas plant in the Algerian desert executed nine Japanese captives during a 72-hour stand-off with the military, Algerian witnesses said on Sunday.

"In all nine Japanese were killed," one witness identified as Brahim told AFP a day after special forces swooped on the In Amenas facility to end the deadly siege.