January 20, 2013
In Amenas, #Algeria Hostage Crisis Reportedly Comes To A Violent End
Update: Report: 5 Terrorist 'Taken Alive'
ALGIERS, Algeria – Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Sunday as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery.Report: Hostage taking terrorists came from seven countries. Note the bold[Note: 48hr rule]
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the bodies were badly disfigured and difficult to identify.
"The bodies could be either Algerian or foreign hostages," he said.
Algerian special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end the standoff, and the government said all 32 militants were killed. Earlier Sunday, Algeria's chief government spokesman said he feared the toll of hostages -- which stood at 23 on Saturday -- would rise as the special forces teams finished their search.[...]
In the final assault, the remaining band of militants killed seven hostages before 11 of them were in turn cut down by the special forces, Algeria's state news agency said[More...]
The militants who seized hostages at the In Amenas gas facility in southeast Algeria included nationals of seven countries – Tunisia, Egypt, Mali, Algeria, Canada, Nigeria and Mauritania. The group was trained in Nigeria.BBC also noted the above:
It crossed into Algeria through Libya with the aim of seizing a large number of foreign hostages and transferring them to Mali in an attempt to force France to stop its military intervention in that African country.
Officials said the army launched its assault after Islamist militants began killing foreign hostages.
Mr Said said he very much feared the death toll "would, unfortunately, be revised upwards".
He added that the militants were from six different countries, "nationals of Arab and African countries, and of non-African countries".
The full extent of the militants’ chilling intent and the horrors inside the facility began to emerge yesterday. According to the eyewitness account of an Algerian cook, working at the compound, the kidnappers grabbed one British hostage and forced him at gunpoint to call for other Westerners to come out from where they were hiding. Once his colleagues had given themselves up, the Briton was shot in cold blood. “They threatened him until he called out in English to his friends,” said the man named Chabane. “A few minutes later, they blew him away.”I can't find the link, but, I also read the above cook said the Brit was forced to call out "you're safe, they only want to kill Americans"
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this.
Update: Hmmm: Hostage-takers 'taken alive' at gas plant
Five suspected members of the Islamist group which held foreign and local workers hostage at an Algerian gas plant have been arrested, reports say.Related:
Everything you wanted to know about jihadi players in Algeria & Mali is right here
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