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Seven Japanese confirmed dead in Algeria

PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Algerian television broadcasts footage it says is of militants during the deadly attack on a gas plant last week. The amateur video, which cannot be independently verified by Reuters, is said to show the attackers standing around a body. It came as Japan confirmed that seven of its people were killed in the siege. Thirty-eight multinational hostages lost their lives as Algerian forces battled the insurgents. Japan's chief cabinet secretary condemned the loss of life. SOUNDBITE: JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY YOSHIHIDE SUGA SAYING (Japanese): "Prime Minister Abe has been trying all means to get the message across to the Algerian prime minister that lives come first. Despite these efforts, it is highly tragic that precious lives were lost in this outcome." The fate of another three Japanese nationals is unknown. A government plane is expected to help transport victims and survivors back to Japan later this week.

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