A senior Japanese official met Algeria's prime minister on Wednesday to press for an explanation of the gas plant siege, as Tokyo confirmed the deaths of two more nationals, taking its toll to nine.
A plane carrying Japanese government representatives prepares to leave Tokyo International Airport on its way to Algeria to bring home Japanese survivors and the bodies of seven Japanese victims of the recent hostage crisis in Algeria on January 22, 2013. All the workers were employees or contractors for Japanese engineering firm JGC.
Senior Vice Foreign Minister Shunichi Suzuki arrived aboard a government jet that is to repatriate the bodies of those known to have been killed in the hostage crisis, along with the seven Japanese who survived.
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