RCMP officers in Algeria after deadly hostage-taking

RCMP officers are in Algeria in the wake of a deadly hostage situation in the north African country, CBC News has confirmed.

The deployment comes one day after Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government was seeking more information to substantiate claims by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal that two Canadian nationals were among the group of al-Qaeda-linked militants who took hundreds prisoner at a natural gas processing complex in the Sahara.

"We have no substantial information at the present time on these particular individuals, but obviously we will continue to work with the government of Algeria to find out more about this particular matter," Harper said at a press conference in Cambridge, Ont., on Wednesday.

Algerian authorities say 37 hostages and 29 militants were killed when Algerian forces stormed the complex on Saturday.

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