8 foreigners kidnapped in Algeria after Islamist militants attacked a BP facility, officials said

English, Norwegian, Japanese nationals kidnapped

ALGIERS - An Algerian security official says that Islamist militants attacked a BP facility in the south of the country, kidnapping at least eight foreigners, including English, Norwegian and Japanese nationals.

The official, based in the south, said Wednesday that the attack came at 2 a.m and the militants came from Mali. The Algerian army has since caught up with them and surrounded militants and their hostages, the official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said negotiations between the army and militants were ongoing.

In a statement Wednesday, BP confirmed there had been a "security incident this morning" at their In Amenas gas field in east central Algeria, some 60 miles from the Libyan border.