Zeeland family praying for loved one in Algeria

12:28 AM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Algeria's news agency is reporting nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by islamic militants are now free.

However, at least two Americans remain hostages and 12 workers have been killed. The group was taken hostage during a standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert on Wednesday. A West Michigan native works at the plant and his family is asking for the community's prayers.

Cathy Headley received only a few words in an email from her brother, Mike Langley, on Friday morning. However, it was enough to let her know, that he's still OK.

"He just said no fear, that he's just being held at the base," says Headley.

Headley's brother, a 50-year old BP safety engineer, was in a nearby building when the hostages were taken.

"There's always that fear that its not over yet, so we're asking for prayers from the community," says Headley.

"Praying a lot, not just for mike but for all of them," says Kathy Headley, a long-time friend of Langley's with ties to the family. Kathy Headley says she wishes the violence around the world would end. "It'd be nice if there was world peace, instead of this hatred that puts a lot of them in danger."

Langley's family says he lives out of state with his wife and often travels for his job.

"He trains Algerians to do what he knows how to do," says Langley's sister, Cathy Headley. "We're just hoping for closure, for him to return home, and everyone to return home to their families and countries, without more bloodshed."

Langley's sister originally expected him home in the new few days, but she's been told he is now helping round up other BP workers to prepare for evacuation. It's not clear how long that'll take.

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