Kidnappers want to swap US hostages for jailed militants

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iol news pic ALgeria hotage gas fields Reuters An undated general view of the In Amenas gas facility about 100 km from the Algerian and Libyan border, is seen in this picture provided by Norwegian oil company Statoil.

Nouakchott - Al Qaeda-linked kidnappers who took hundreds of people hostage at a gas plant in Algeria have offered to swap U.S. captives for two militants jailed in the United States, Mauritanian news agency ANI reported.

They named the militants they want freed as Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui and Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as “The Blind Sheikh”, ANI reported, citing the group's spokesman. The report did not say how many U.S. hostages were being held. - Reuters


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