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Friday, January 18, 2013

34 hostages and 15 hijackers died in the Algerian army to attack the gas plant

At least 34 hostages and 15 Islamists were killed after the bombing made ​​the Algerian army on Thursday against the gas treatment plant where the hostages are found , the agency said Thursday private Mauritanian ANI , citing one of the hijackers. In addition, the Algerian army had managed to freeseveral foreign hostages held, one Irish, and about 600 Algerian workers. Fortunately, seven Westerners still alive. citizens are three Belgians, two Americans, a Japanese and a Briton, said the spokesman of the terrorist group, according to ANI . "We will retain the remaining hostages and kill them if the Algerian army is coming , "said the agency Mauritanian telephone, the group's spokesman, who added that the chief commander, identified as Abulbaraa, is among the dead . Abulbaraa has been the spokesman for the group exercised in the past hours. the new speaker, whose identity is unknown, said the kidnappers were trying to transport a safer place besides the hostages aboard vehicles company that manages the gas fields, when Algerian aviation bombed the convoy. It ignores the nationality of the hostages who have died according to the spokesman. The hijacker made ​​no allusion to the escape of thirty of the Algerian hostages sequestration site, provided information that Algerian officials without specifying the total number of its nationals who are still in the hands of his captors. On several occasions the kidnappers had threatened to kill the hostages if the Algerian army attacked the compound. That threat acquired a new hue on news that the Somali Islamist group Al Shabad announced that it has executed Denis Allex, the French hostage kidnapped maintaining since 2009 and that the French troops unsuccessfully tried to rescue last Friday. By mid-morning, a spokesman for the 'bloody Signatories', had announced that military helicopters had begun to bomb the compound. hostages Fifteen foreigners, including two French, managed to escape, according to Algerian television Ennahar .Besides, according Ennahar, 40 Algerians were released by their captors, especially women working as translators. They were also freed 25 foreign hostages , including two Japanese, according to a security official Algerian .

They demanded that the army was

The kidnappers, a radical group close to  Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and directed by Algerian Mokhtar Belmojtar , claimed responsibility for the kidnapping . had asked the Algerian armed forces that withdrew from the vicinity of the plant gas to start negotiations"We ask the Algerian army to withdraw to open negotiations over the hostages," said the now deceased Abu al Bara, in a telephone interview with Al Jazeera satellite. Abu al Bara demanded a prisoner exchange for the hostagesand said his action was "a political message to Algeria on its stance toward the mujahideen (Islamic holy warriors), who is also a message to nearby countries ". Also called a pass to leave Algeria with the hostages and end the " brutal aggression "French in Mali , warning Paris and the other countries of origin of the hostages to be "responsible" for what may happen to the hostages. Among the hostages were French, American, British, Japanese, South Korean, Norwegian, Colombian, Thai, Dutch and Romanian. Earlier, on Wednesday, during an intervention of the Algerian armed forcesshot and injured some of the hostages. The diplomat of the European Union (EU), Catherine Ashton, has condemned the assault and kidnapping and called for the "immediate release" of the hostages.

Plant closure

Foreign Minister of United Kingdom, William Hague , who confirmed the death of a Briton during the assault on the kidnappers, cautioned against linking the kidnapping in Algeria with the French intervention in Mali to oust Islamists from the North African country. "It's a convenient excuse, but usually such operations need time to prepare , "he explained, so it held that" it is a cold-blooded murder ." Moreover, the oil consortium Norwegian Statoil announced theclosure of its gas plant in the Algerian town of Anemas . The Spanish oil company Cepsa alsopreventively evacuated two of its four exploration blocks in Algeria after learning of the abduction.Specifically, Cepsa has evacuated staff from Roumi Rhourde exploratory fields and RFK , in the east.

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