DHAKA: A plane carrying the bodies of nine of the 10 Japanese victims of the Algerian hostage crisis has landed in the Japanese capital Tokyo.
Seven survivors of the siege were also on the government-chartered plane.
Japan suffered the highest confirmed death toll from the crisis.
On Wednesday the Algerian government said it believed 37 foreign hostages of eight nationalities and one Algerian worker were killed during the crisis at a gas plant in the desert.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said 29 of the militants who overran the facility near the desert town of In Amenas had been killed and three captured alive. Five hostages are still unaccounted for.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was present at Haneda airport as the plane landed, as were representatives of engineering firm JGC Corp, which employed all the Japanese nationals caught up in the crisis.
The Japanese government has confirmed that a senior JGC executive, former Vice President Tadanori Aratani, was among the dead.
BDST: 1706 HRS, JAN 25, 2013
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