Norway's Statoil reported Friday lunchtime (UK time) that two of its employees missing since the attack by Islamist militants on the In Amenas gas facility in southeastern Algeria have been confirmed as dead.
The two are Tore Bech (58 years old) from Bergen, Norway and Thomas Snekkevik (35 years old) from Austrheim/Bergen, Norway.
Statoil Chief Executive Helge Lund commented in a company statement:
"Our thoughts are first and foremost with the families and close friends who have lost their loved ones in this horrific and senseless attack on innocent people.
"All of us in Statoil share their grief and express our deep sympathy during this difficult time. We are still very concerned about our three colleagues who remain missing."
Three Statoil employees are still missing after the attack on In Amenas, which began on Jan. 16.
Late Tuesday, BP Group Chief Executive said he "feared the worst" for four of its employees who were still unaccounted for. Press reports identified these BP staff Monday.
Fourteen of the 18 BP employees who were at the In Amenas site at the time of the attack have been confirmed safe.
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