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Algeria crisis: Norway awaits news on hostages

18 January 2013 Last updated at 12:46 GMT

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide has told the BBC that five Norwegian hostages have escaped from Islamist militants in Algeria, but there are still eight unaccounted for.

The militants are continuing to hold a number of international hostages at a gas facility in the Algerian desert.

At least four foreign workers and several militants died on Thursday when troops stormed the living quarters.