The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) announces that on Sunday afternoon the Algerian authorities officially informed Romania’s Embassy in Alger that one of the Romanian citizens who was in the In Amenas gas facility during the terrorist attack died.
‘On the afternoon of January 20, the Algerian authorities officially informed the Romanian Embassy in Alger that one of the Romanian citizens who was in the In Amenas gas facility during the terrorist attack died. From the information obtained by the Romanian authorities it results that the death occurred in the hospital, following the serious injuries suffered, previously registered. As the Romanian authorities get additional confirmed data, these will be put at the public opinion’s disposal, in due time,’ reads a MAE release remitted to Agerpres on Sunday.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry also underscores the profound regret that the Algerian authorities did not previously completely and correctly inform the Romanian authorities concerning the real health status of the Romanian citizen, an aspect also communicated to Algeria’s Embassy in Bucharest.
‘The Foreign Affairs Ministry sends condolences and is near the mournful family,’ the quoted release also reads.
This is the second Romanian national who dies following the terrorist attack in Algeria.
On Saturday, Premier Victor Ponta had announced that a Romanian citizen had died in Algeria, where several multinational corporation employees, coming from various states, had been taken hostages by a terrorist group.
On Saturday, too, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean had announced that his Algerian counterpart Mourad Medelci communicated him the information concerning the death of a Romanian citizen, who had been taken hostage by an Islamic group, and told him that the Algerian Special Forces’ operation on the In Amenas facility has been completed.
MAE on Friday evening announced that a Romanian citizen was rescued, after which it also released the information about the rescue of other two Romanian nationals. On Saturday the news of the fourth Romanian citizen, who had been released, also became public.