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'No Thai hostages' in Algeria

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No Thais were being held hostage by terrorists in Algeria, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Friday. 

The Foreign Ministry has verified reports with the Thai embassy in France, which oversees Algeria, and the embassy confirmed that no Thais were among foreigners kidnapped by the Islamic extremists, Mr Surapong said.

A leader of the gang of kidnappers holding dozens of foreigners at a desert gas field in Algeria told AFP on Thursday that Thais were among about 41 hostages.

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