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Desert search for missing foreigners; InBrief.

ALGERIAN forces are scouring the Sahara for the five foreigners missing since the gas plant massacre.

"Are they dead? Did they attempt to flee the site after the attack like some other expatriates? Are they lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn?" said a spokesman for prime minister Abdemalek Sellal. "These are all questions we ask ourselves."

The Ain Amenas gas plant, jointly run by BP, Norway's Statoil and the Algerian state oil company, is deep in the Sahara, with few population centres nearby.

An al Qaida-linked band of fighters attacked the vast natural gas complex on January 16, killing 37 hostages.
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