17 January 2013

Algeria: 35 Hostages Dead in Copter Attack

New details are emerging about the four-day hostage crisis at an Algeria gas facility. Amateur footage appears to show burnt out vehicles following ... ( Resource: Algeria Hostage Aftermath: 25 More Bodies Found

Algiers — One day after al-Qaeda-linked militants took scores of foreigners hostage at a remote gas facility in Algeria, Algerian forces on Thursday reportedly mounted a military operation against the Islamists, killing several hostages and kidnappers, according to media reports.

The Algerian helicopter attacks left 35 hostages and 15 captors dead, according to the Associated Press. The militants also claimed that seven hostages, including two Americans, were still alive.

The Algerian army had surrounded the Amenas facility, which was taken over by militants in what they said was a response to Algeria aiding French troops fighting rebels in neighboring Mali.

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