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Jan 21, 2013

Algeria vows to fight Qaeda after 38 workers killed

ALGIERS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Algeria’s prime minister accused
a Canadian of coordinating last week’s raid on a desert gas
plant and, praising the storming of the complex where 38 mostly
foreign hostages were killed, he pledged to resist the rise of
Islamists in the Sahara.

Algeria will never succumb to terrorism or allow al Qaeda to
establish “Sahelistan”, an Afghan-style power base in arid
northwest Africa, Abdelmalek Sellal told a news conference in
Algiers where he also said at least 37 foreign hostages died.

Jan 21, 2013

Mystery Canadian coordinated Algeria gas field attack, premier says

ALGIERS, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The Islamist attack on the
sprawling desert gas complex in southern Algeria that triggered
one of the worst hostage crises in years was conceived in Mali
and coordinated by a mystery Canadian named only as Chedad, the
Algerian prime minister said.

Five days after about 40 jihadist fighters raided the
facility not far from the Libyan border and Algeria responded
with a full-on military operation to kill or capture them, a
picture of what happened is emerging.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria says 37 foreigners die in siege led by Canadian

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A total of 37 foreign workers died at an Algerian desert gas plant and seven are still missing after a hostage crisis coordinated by a Canadian, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday.

Sellal also said that 29 Islamists had been killed in the siege, which Algerian forces ended by storming the plant, and three had been captured alive.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria gas plant gives up its grisly secrets

ALGIERS, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The gas plant at In Amenas is
giving up its secrets as Algerian special forces picking their
way through the vast complex find dozens of bodies, some charred
beyond recognition in the bloody end-game to one of the worst
hostage crises in years.

Five days after 40 jihadist fighters raided the desert
facility not far from the Libyan border and Algeria responded
with a full-on military operation to kill or capture them, a
picture of what happened is beginning to emerge.

Jan 21, 2013

Insight: Algeria gas plant gives up its grisly secrets

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The gas plant at In Amenas is giving up its secrets as Algerian special forces picking their way through the vast complex find dozens of bodies, some charred beyond recognition in the bloody end-game to one of the worst hostage crises in years.

Five days after 40 jihadist fighters raided the desert facility not far from the Libyan border and Algeria responded with a full-on military operation to kill or capture them, a picture of what happened is beginning to emerge.

Jan 21, 2013

Algeria hostage toll rises with report of Japanese deaths

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The hostage death toll
from a four-day siege at an Algerian gas plant deep in the
Sahara has risen to almost 60, with at least nine Japanese
nationals also reported killed in an attack claimed by a veteran
Islamist fighter on behalf of al Qaeda.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal is expected to
give details at a Monday news conference about one of the worst
international hostage crises in decades, which left American,
British, French, Japanese, Norwegian and Romanian workers dead
or missing.

Jan 20, 2013

Algeria toll rises as attack claimed for al Qaeda

ALGIERS, Algeria, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The death toll has
risen to at least 48 hostages killed during a four-day siege at
a gas plant deep in the Sahara as a veteran Islamist fighter
claimed responsibility on behalf of al Qaeda for the attack.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal is expected to give details
at a Monday news conference about one of the worst international
hostage crises in decades, which left American, British, French,
Japanese, Norwegian and Romanian workers dead or missing.

Jan 20, 2013

Algeria ends desert siege with 23 hostages dead

ALGIERS/IN AMENAS, Algeria (Reuters) – Algerian troops ended a siege by Islamist militants at a gas plant in the Sahara desert where 23 hostages died, with a final assault which killed all the remaining hostage-takers.

Believed to be among the 32 dead militants was their leader, Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, a Nigerien close to al Qaeda-linked commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, presumed mastermind of the raid.

Jan 19, 2013

Algerian army stages “final assault” on gas plant

ALGIERS/IN AMENAS, Algeria, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The Algerian
army on Saturday carried out a final assault on al Qaeda-linked
gunmen holed up in a desert gas plant, killing 11 of the
Islamists after they took the lives of seven more foreign
hostages, a local source and the state news agency said.

“It is over now, the assault is over, and the military are
inside the plant clearing it of mines,” a local source familiar
with the operation told Reuters.

Jan 18, 2013

Insight: Algerians suspect inside help in hostage raid

LONDON/ALGIERS (Reuters) – The In Amenas gas plant felt impregnable to many who worked there – walled in, hundreds of miles from anywhere and with the Algerian army constantly patrolling its desert approaches.

That was a mirage. Libya, an ex-police state turned arms bazaar and now open for jihad, lies just 50 empty miles away. And in any case, the enemy was probably already inside the gates.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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