Algeria

British Petroleum (BP) Withdrawing All Non-Essential Workers from Algeria

January 17, 2013

“There have been reports of casualties, but the company said information is still unconfirmed. There have also been reports of hostages who have been released or escaped.”

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Unconfirmed Report: 35 Hostages and 15 Kidnappers Killed During Government Helicopter Rescue Raid in Algeria

January 17, 2013

“Algeria’s ANI news agency is now reporting that 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers have been killed by air strikes by the Algerian army. Several Western hostages are understood to be among those dead.”

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British Prime Minister: Britain Not Given Prior Notice of Algerian Military Operation

January 17, 2013

“”The Algerian Prime Minister explained that the situation was very fast-moving and that in the government’s judgement they needed to act immediately,” the spokesman said.”

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Unconfirmed Report: Unknown Number of Hostages Killed in Algeria During an “Ongoing Operation” to Rescue Them

January 17, 2013

“Western hostages being held by Islamist militants at a gas plant in Algeria were feared to have been killed with reports of several casualties from a raid by Algerian forces Thursday… U.S. officials could not confirm nor deny any of the reports, saying information on the situation was “murky”.”

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Report: Algerian Islamist Militant Terrorists Threaten to Blow-Up the BP Compound

January 16, 2013

“Algerian officials said that the raiders, surrounded by its army, were threatening to blow up the site and their captives if their demands were not met.”

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Report: Algerian Islamist Militant Captors Spoke with “Libyan Accent”, May Have Connections to Benghazi

January 16, 2013

“Reports suggested that the raiders spoke Arabic with “strong Libyan accents”. A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or “Masked Brigade”, told Mauritanian radio the attack was a “punishment” for Algeria’s decision to permit French warplanes to use its airspace to attack Malian rebels.”

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Report: Algeria Islamist Terrorist Initially Attempted to Hijack Bus Taking Western Civilians to the Airport

January 16, 2013

“Islamist militants were holding up to 41 Western gas engineers at a remote BP site in Algeria today, deepening fears that the conflict in Mali could unleash an anti-Western war across the deserts of northern Africa.”

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U.S. State Department: Secretary Hillary Clinton in Direct Contact with Algerian Prime Minister Sellal

January 16, 2013

“Secretary Clinton has spoken to the U.S. Ambassador in Algeria and is currently on phone with Algerian Prime Minister Sellal.”

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Algerian Government Rules Out Negotiating with Islamist Terrorist Kidnappers

January 16, 2013

“”The Algerian authorities will not respond to the demands of the terrorists and will not negotiate,” Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia was quoted as saying by official news agency APS.”

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U.S. State Department Confirms that American Citizens are Being Held Hostage in Algeria

January 16, 2013

“U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed on Wednesday, while declining to give the names, number or other details about those U.S. nationals “in order to protect their safety.”"

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Islamist Militants Release Algerian Hostages from Custody; Foreign Hostages Still Held Captive

January 16, 2013

“Algeria’s state-run APS news agency, citing local officials, said “slightly more than 20″ foreign nationals were being held. Algerian workers at the facility had been released in small groups, it added.”

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Report: Two Hostages (One French and One British) Killed by al-Qaeda Linked Terrorists in Algeria

January 16, 2013

“A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or the Masked Brigade, called a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its subsidiaries had carried out the operation on the Ain Amenas gas field, taking 41 hostages from nine or 10 different nationalities.”

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UPDATE: Foreign Hostages, Including Several Americans, Kidnapped and Held Captive in Algeria

January 16, 2013

“The report did not specify how many Algerians had been captured or released, saying only that Norwegians, French, Americans, Britons and Japanese were among those kidnapped near the In Amenas gas field, close to the Libyan border.”

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UPDATED: Algerian Islamists Kidnap Up to 41 Hostages, Including Several Americans, in Retaliation Against French Intervention in Mali

January 16, 2013

“They initially said they were holding six people hostage, but an alleged spokesman later told two Mauritanian news websites they were holding 41 foreigners, including US, French, British and Japanese citizens.”

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Algerian Islamists Kidnap 1 French and 5 Japanese Citizens from BP Oil Plant

January 16, 2013

“Islamist militants seized five Japanese nationals and a French citizen from an oil facility in Ain Amenas in southern Algeria on Wednesday, local and diplomatic sources told Reuters.”

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