BP: Four missing employees in Algeria feared dead

BP fears that  four  employees previously listed as missing after the terrorist attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria are dead, CEO Bob Dudley said Tuesday.

The British oil giant has been in contact with the families of the four employees, and is offering them assistance and support, Dudley said in a statement.

“We have been gravely concerned for these colleagues and feared one or more fatalities among their number,” Dudley said. “It is with great sadness that I now have to say that we fear the worst for them all. We are doing all we can to support their families and ask everyone to show them consideration and to respect their privacy.”

The company did not  provide the names and nationalities of the four employees. The U.S. government has said three Americans, including two from the Houston area, were killed and seven others survived the attack. All Americans at the plant are believed  accounted for, a State Department spokeswoman said.

BP was one of the operators of the facility. It says 14 of the 18 BP employees who were at he plant when it was attacked survived. They have all now left Algeria.

BP offices around the world will hold a minute of silence Wednesday, one week after the attack. It will be observed at 11 a.m. local time at each facility, a company spokesman said.

“The terrible events of last week have affected every one of us at BP deeply,” Dudley said. “Many of us have friends and colleagues, both in BP and in other companies, who have worked at Ain Amenas or in similar facilities. We are all thinking of our missing colleagues, those who endured the ordeal and their loved ones.”

Read ongoing FuelFix coverage of the Algeria hostage crisis:

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Jan. 21 — Overseas dangers don’t deter oil workers
Jan. 20 — Algeria hostage crisis ends; Katy man killed
Jan. 19 — Four BP employees missing after Algeria attack
Jan. 18 — Hostage crisis hikes security worries in key oil region