Algeria

Report: Algerian Military Begins Second Rescue Effort to Free Hostages

January 18, 2013

“U.S. officials were concerned that the outcome of an apparent second attempt by the Libyan military to end the standoff at the In Amenas natural gas facility, which was reported by Algerian media Friday evening local time, “would not end well.”"

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Report: Algerian Terrorists Demand Prisoner Exchange for Release of American Hostages

January 18, 2013

“On Friday, the group demanded the release of two convicted terrorists held in U.S. prisons, including the “blind sheikh” who helped plan the first attack on New York’s World Trade Center, in exchange for the freedom of two American hostages, according to an African news service.”

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Senior U.S. Defense Official: American from Texas Still Missing in Algeria

January 18, 2013

“Two Americans escaped unharmed Thursday from the hostage standoff, a senior U.S. defense officials told Fox News, and five other Americans who had been at the vast Ain Amenas complex were able to avoid being taken captive when the terrorists first attacked early Wednesday.”

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United Kingdom Foreign Office: Algerian Hostage Situation “Ongoing”

January 18, 2013

“The hostage crisis at a gas facility in the Algerian desert where Islamist militants were holding foreign hostages has yet to be resolved.”

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JGC Corp: 3 Japanese Workers Safe; 14 Japanese Workers Still Unaccounted For in Algeria

January 18, 2013

“JGC, a Japanese construction firm, confirmed in a statement on Thursday that its staff at the In Amenas natural gas facility were seized by occupiers on Wednesday. Later that day, JGC said that three of its workers have been returned to safety.”

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Five American Hostages Escape from Islamist Militants in Algeria

January 17, 2013

“Officials say at least three Americans were being held hostage by the militants when the Algerian military mounted an rescue operation Thursday that reportedly resulted in casualties. The status of those three Americans is unclear.”

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Report: Algeria Kidnapping Planned Before French Military Intervention in Mali Began

January 17, 2013

“U.S. and Western security sources said they believed it was more likely that the motivation behind the hostage-taking was to obtain a ransom, most likely in cash, but also possibly to seek a release of militant prisoners.”

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Algerian Security Source: Hostages Killed When Algerian Military Forces Stormed BP Gas Compound

January 17, 2013

“An Irish engineer who survived said he saw four jeeps full of hostages blown up by Algerian troops whose commanders said they moved in about 30 hours after the siege began because the gunmen had demanded to be allowed to take their captives abroad.”

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Escaped Hostage: Algerian Army Bombed Four Jeeps Carrying Hostages, Likely Killing Them

January 17, 2013

“A hostage who escaped unharmed from Islamist militants in Algeria on Thursday said the Algerian army bombed four jeeps carrying fellow captives and probably killed many of them.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta: U.S. Will Take “All Necessary Steps” to Deal with Algeria Crisis

January 17, 2013

“Panetta described the hostage taking at the gas complex at In Amenas as a “terrorist act” undertaken by terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda.”

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Report: Algerian Military Took Action After Approximately 50 Hostages Escaped

January 17, 2013

“The hostage rescue operation at an Algerian gas facility is over, ASP news agency reported, citing Algerian military sources.”

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Report: At Least 11 Militants Killed in the Algerian Hostage Crisis

January 17, 2013

“At least 11 Islamist militants including their leader were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant to rescue dozens of hostages, an Algerian security source said.”

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Algerian Media: Algerian Hostage Situation Is Officially Over

January 17, 2013

“Algeria’s state news agency APS said on Thursday that the military operation to free hostages at a remote desert gas facility had ended, quoting an unnamed official source who gave no further details.”

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At Least 30 Hostages, Including 7 Foreigners, Killed in the Algeria Hostage Crisis

January 17, 2013

“Thirty hostages, including at least seven foreigners, were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant seized by Islamist militants, an Algerian security source said.”

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Algeria Confirms at Least 5 Deaths (2 Brits, 2 Japanese, 1 French) in the Hostage Crisis at a BP Oil Plant

January 17, 2013

“Two of the victims were Britons and the other two Filipinos, the report said after the end of the operation was announced late on Thursday.”

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