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Signs of Life from Europeans Missing in Algeria

The Austrian foreign ministry said over the weekend that Algerian authorities have seen recent evidence that 31 European citizens missing for two months are still alive. Almost two months after 31 European citizens went missing during a desert trek in Algeria, cautious optimism is beginning to circulate in the hallways of the German and Austrian foreign ministries. Austria’s foreign minister said over the weekend that there was evidence that the group, which include 15 Germans and 10 Austrians, from as recently as April 8 that indicated that the group might still be alive. German Interior Minister Otto Schily, who paid a surprise visit to Algeria Tuesday of last week, said there could be “quiet hope that the missing are still alive.” Neither official gave concrete reasons as to why that would the case. Six agents from Germany’s Federal Office of Investigation (BKA) as well as Austrian investigators have joined more than 2,000 Algerian soldiers in the search for the tourists, who were travelling in six different groups. Full Story

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