Statoil says gas facility in Algerian Sahara attacked

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian energy group Statoil says a gas facility in Algeria has been "hit by explosive munitions fired from a distance," adding it has no immediate information about casualties.

In a statement Friday, Statoil said the attack occurred at the In Salah Gas asset in Krechba, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Algiers in the Sahara Desert.

The Stavanger, Norway-based company said it, and the joint venture organization in Hassi Messaoud, have mobilized their emergency response organizations. Statoil it has been in touch with its three employees at Krechba, who are safe and not injured.

In January 2013, a band of al-Qaida-affiliated militants attacked the Ain Amenas complex in Algeria. After a four-day standoff, the Algerian army moved in. At least 37 hostages, mostly foreign workers, died in the battle.