Jan 23, 2013

Algerians grill more JGC locals over attack

Algerian security officials have questioned about 20 local employees of Japanese firm JGC Corp. over last week’s deadly hostage crisis in Algeria, one of the company’s Algerian employees said Tuesday. They were not detained and appear to have been questioned about possible links to ...

JGC workers angered by hostages' deaths

Jan 23, 2013

JGC workers angered by hostages' deaths

Employees of plant engineering firm JGC Corp. as well as relatives and friends of workers expressed anger and dismay after the government confirmed Monday that seven Japanese were killed during the hostage crisis at the Ain Amenas gas complex in Algeria last week. In ...

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Jan 23, 2013

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Algerian authorities are grilling two Algerian kitchen workers who had been serving food to employees of the Japanese company JGC Corp. at a natural gas complex in the Sahara, suspecting the pair provided inside information to the Islamic militants who took scores of foreign ...

Algerian kidnapper: jihadist or brigand?

Jan 19, 2013

Algerian kidnapper: jihadist or brigand?

Moktar Belmoktar, the one-eyed Islamist whose men seized dozens of hostages in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field, is a wily desert fox branded as a terrorist by some — but perhaps is just a common brigand. He was born in 1972 ...

Nation's firms lured by Algeria's resources

Jan 18, 2013

Nation's firms lured by Algeria's resources

by Mizuho Aoki

Engineering firm JGC Corp., whose employees are believed to have been taken hostage Wednesday by Islamist militants in Algeria, is just one of many Japanese companies making inroads in the resource-rich country. “In the North African region, Algeria and Libya are the two important ...

Gunmen take hostages at Algeria gas plant, including Japanese

Jan 18, 2013

Gunmen take hostages at Algeria gas plant, including Japanese

Several Japanese employees of Yokohama-based engineering company JGC Corp. were among dozens of foreign workers taken hostage by heavily armed Islamic militants at a natural gas complex in Algeria on Wednesday, the government confirmed. Algerian troops surrounded the Islamists holding the hostages Thursday after ...