Algiers - A leader of a gang of kidnappers holding dozens of foreigners at a desert gas field in Algeria said on Thursday Thais are among about 41 hostages.
An undated handout picture released by BP shows the In Amenas field in the Sahara desert, 1,300 kilometres southeast of Algiers, close to the Libyan border. Al-Qaeda militants from Mali attacked the gas field, killing and kidnapping local and foreign workers, officials said. AFP/ BP PETROLEUM COMPANY
The kidnapper, identified as Abu al-Baraa, told the Al-Jazeera news channel, that there were "around 41" hostages from several countries - Norway, France, the United States, Britain, Romania, Colombia, Thailand, the Philippines, Ireland, Japan, South Korea and Germany.