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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.

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.

Jan 18, 2013

Algerians suspect inside help in hostage raid

LONDON/ALGIERS, Jan 18 (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.

Jan 18, 2013

Foreigners still trapped in Sahara hostage crisis

ALGIERS/IN AMENAS, Algeria, Jan 19 (Reuters) – More than 20
foreigners were captive or missing inside a desert gas plant on
Saturday, nearly two days after the Algerian army launched an
assault to free them that saw many hostages killed.

The standoff between the Algerian army and al Qaeda-linked
gunmen – one of the biggest international hostage crises in
decades – entered its fourth day, having thrust Saharan
militancy to the top of the global agenda.

Jan 18, 2013

Survivors describe horrors of Algeria desert siege

ALGIERS, Jan 18 (Reuters) – A Frenchman spent a day and two
nights in terror, boarded up under his bed, certain he would be
found and killed. An Algerian radio operator saw his French
supervisor’s corpse. A Northern Irish engineer saw four
truckloads of other hostages blasted to pieces in an Algerian
military strike.

The siege of a natural gas plant deep in the remote Sahara
desert of Algeria is not yet over, but the stories of survivors
so far contain tales of shattering trauma that experts say may
never heal.

Jan 18, 2013

Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis

ALGIERS/IN AMENAS, Algeria (Reuters) – More than 20 foreigners were still either being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants.

More than a day after the Algerian army launched an assault to seize the remote desert compound, much was still unclear about the number and fate of the victims, leaving countries with citizens in harm’s way struggling to find hard information.

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