Vienna, 18 January 2013 Press release

Spindelegger: “Algerian Foreign Ministry has informed us that the Austrian citizen is safe”

Vienna, 18 January 2013 – “We have just received the good news from the Algerian Foreign Minister that the Austrian citizen who was on the gas station in eastern Algeria that was raided by Islamist terrorists is safe. We have immediately informed his family”, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said.

Details on the release and the state of health of the Austrian national are unknown. The crisis management committee at the Foreign Ministry is in constant contact with the Algerian authorities to obtain reliable information. We ask for your understanding that no additional details can be provided as the hostage situation on the gas field in Algeria is still not resolved.


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