No Canadians believed to be among hostages in Algeria

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19,...

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria in this handout photo provided by Scanpix April 19, 2005. Islamist militants attacked the gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The raiders were also reported to have killed three people, including a Briton and a French national. The gas field is operated by a joint venture including BP, Statoil and Algerian state company Sonatrach. (REUTERS/Kjetil Alsvik/Statoil via Scanpix)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs does not believe there are any Canadians among the hostages taken by Islamist terrorists at an Algerian natural gas plant Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Chrystiane Roy said officials are monitoring developments in the area where the hostage-taking took place, near Algeria's desert border with Libya.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the hostages' families, regardless of nationality,” she said.

Concern about any Canadians there comes after Algeria's government spokesman was quoted as saying several hostages and terrorists had died in a military operation at the gas plant on Thursday.

- With files from Reuters


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