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Algeria kidnap victims 'top priority': Japan

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Japan said on Thursday it was placing "top priority" on the lives of hostages, including a number of Japanese, snatched by Islamist gunmen who attacked a gas complex in Algeria. 

An undated handout picture released by the BP petroleum company on January 16, 2013, shows their operation at the In Amenas field in the Sahara desert, 1,300 km southeast of Algiers, close to the Libyan border. Japan said on Thursday it was placing "top priority" on the lives of hostages, including a number of Japanese, snatched by Islamist gunmen who attacked the facility.

At least three Japanese were among the 41 foreigners kidnapped by heavily armed men after a gunfight that left two people dead and six injured, Japanese press reported.

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