In Amenas: Governments scrambled on Sunday to track down missing nationals after the bloody end to a gas plant siege in the heart of the Algerian Sahara that saw Islamists kill 23 foreign and Algerian hostages. (Agencies)
Japanese engineering firm JGC Corp said 10 of its Japanese and seven of its foreign workers remained unaccounted for. Five Britons and one UK resident are also either dead or still missing.
JGC confirmed the safety of 61 of its 78 workers at the In Amenas facility in the desert that was stormed at dawn on Wednesday by militants from "Signatories in Blood," a group demanding an end to French military intervention in Mali.
"But the safety of the remaining 10 Japanese and seven foreign workers is yet to be confirmed," a JGC spokesman said in Tokyo.
Kuala Lumpur said JGC had told it one of two Malaysians still unaccounted for is dead whilst the fate of the other was unknown.
Manila said 52 Filipinos caught up in the crisis had been accounted for, but it was still not known whether any others were dead.
Dramatic accounts emerged after Algerian Special Forces stormed the remote desert facility to end a hostage crisis that saw seven foreign hostages killed by their captors in the final moments as the military moved in.
Relatives of Kenneth Whiteside, 59, from Glenrothes in Scotland, were "devastated" after hearing that an Algerian co-worker claimed to have seen him being shot but dying bravely with a smile, a Britain newspaper reported.
The mother of one survivor told her son, Stephen McFaul, 36, from Belfast, will be scarred for life.
Forced to wear explosives, he fled when the kidnappers' convoy he was in came under fire on Thursday.
"He'll have nightmares for the rest of his life after the things he saw," Marie said.
Thirty-two kidnappers were also killed in the 72-hour stand-off, and the army freed "685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners," Algeria's interior ministry said, although the final toll of the dead and missing remained unclear.
Among the dead were an unknown number of foreigners -- including from Britain, France, Romania and the United States.
The kidnappers, whose leader is Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a former Al-Qaeda commander, first killed a Briton and an Algerian on a bus on Wednesday before taking hundreds of workers hostage when they overran the gas plant.
The apparent leader of the militants on the ground warned in a recording broadcast that he would blow up the facility if the army got too close.
In Saturday's final assault, "the Algerian army took out 11 terrorists, and the terrorist group killed seven foreign hostages," state television said, without giving a breakdown of nationalities.
A security official gave the same death tolls, adding that it was believed the foreigners were executed "in retaliation." As experts began to clear the complex of bombs planted by the Islamists, residents of In Amenas breathed a collective sigh of relief.
"The plant could have exploded and taken out the town," said one resident.
Most of the hostages had been freed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched a first rescue operation which was widely condemned as hasty. But US President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande said responsibility for the deaths lay with the "terrorists."
In Amenas: Governments scrambled on Sunday to track down missing nationals after the bloody end to a gas plant siege in the heart of the Algerian Sahara that saw Islamists kill 23 foreign and Algerian hostages.