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Sunday, January 20, 2013

ALGERIA | Seven hostages killed in the final assault Ends kidnapping in Algeria with 23 hostages and 32 terrorists killed

The final tally of victims confirmed that at least 23 Algerians and foreign hostages and 32 terrorists were killed in the military operation launched by Algerian Interior Ministry said in a statement picked up by the state agency APS. "The intervention has culminated in the release of 685 foreign workers and 107 Algerians , 32 terrorists neutralized and the deaths of 23 people, "said the statement gave no details on the nationalities of those killed. The paper also notes that after the operation the army seized various types of rifles, two mortars, six missiles C5 type with 60 mm launchers , two grenade launchers with eight missiles and ten grenades arranged in explosive belts. After ensuring that "Algeria has just deal with a terrorist attack large amplitude, which has endangered hundreds of lives and strategic economic infrastructure", the Ministry stressed in its statement on the complexity of the situation. "The primary concern of preserving human lives, the risks arising from the nature of the facilities gas companies, their configuration, and threats to the hostages, were complex intervention special forces " , highlighted in the note. The ministry justified the rapid intervention as the only way to prevent more deaths. "To avoid ending up with a bloodbath and given the extreme danger of the situation , taking into account also the stated intention of fleeing terrorists with hostages and fly gas installations, Army special forces carried out with efficiency and professionalism required intervention to neutralize the terrorist group ", stated in the note.

The latest offensive

Eleven terrorists and seven Western hostages. Balance is the tragic end of the Algerian army assault on the refinery facilities Amenas gas, security sources said. British Defence Minister, Philip Hammond, has confirmed in a press conference that the abduction has ended "with an operation that has led to more deaths." Both he and French President Francois Hollande have supported the Algerian government. After 72 hours of tense kidnapping negotiations with the armed Islamist group had reached a stalemate and the Algiers government ordered a rescue noon desperately to prevent jihadists blew themselves up with their prisoners. It could not be, because the kidnappers apparently preferred to die fighting than surrender to the special you were. further 16 prisoners, however, have been rescued by the intervention command, according to Reuters, including two U.S. citizens would be found, two Germans and a Portuguese. In disarray news from inside the gas plant, some media also say the recent discovery of 15 charred bodies could be some of those killed during the assault last Friday, when the seven helicopters and tanks surrounding facilities not allowed out five jeeps as a group of militants tried to escape with some Western prisoners. Four of the vehicles were bombed and one interception. The government of Algiers, which has always been adamant when negotiating with terrorists in the past, unilaterally decided to send a strong message to the kidnappers. And it was a slaughter.

Details of the operation

Explosions, gunfire ... According to AFP, seeing that the security forces were able to advance to the point in the boiler room where they were holed up, the kidnappers had decided to execute their prisoners and fall as martyrs for Allah So concludes one of the bloodiest pages Islamist terrorism in the Maghreb, which began on Wednesday 16 with the occupation of the industrial core refines 18% of the gas produced in Algeria by 32 heavily armed fighters brigade who sign with blood, led by Mokhtar Ben Mokhtar the fearsome, a dissident leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). "They wanted to take foreigners hostage and move to Mali, to put pressure on France and other countries involved in military action against the Islamists in the North African country," said a source from the Algerian defense. Those who have lived to tell the tale speak of a group of fighters from different nationalities, dressed in army uniforms, armed with automatic assault rifles, machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, who knew perfectly the situation of all the booths where the police stood guard, immediately ordered stop production of the factory and from the beginning showed a remarkable knowledge of the place. "They seemed well organized and experienced fighters," said one of the victims last night on French television of BFMTV. Serval operation with France for a week fighting the terrorist coalition that has gripped the entire north of its former colony had been placed as an excuse, at first, to the decision of the central gas company. terrorists But soon proposed release their captives in exchange for the release of two Islamists currently serving sentences in U.S. prisons: the Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui and the Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman, the latter in 1993 Brain attack against the World Trade Center neoyoquino. Neither Algeria nor the White House were willing at any time to negotiate on those items. So Abdelmalek Sellal government opted for a military solution, which has ended in dramatic fashion. True, working at the refinery up to 2,000 people and the majority managed to hide or escape during these days or was freed by soldiers. But dozens of hostages have died as a result of the two attacks by the army: the first on Thursday, with the help of tanks and helicopters, and the second today, Sunday with assault troops. A lack of official confirmation, among the hostages killed since Wednesday, Belgian passport holders would, American, Japanese, British and French ... that would add a total of between 25 and 27 explosives specialists seeking Algerian army against clock facilities Amenas bombs allegedly placed jihadists have left to blow around if their plans failed. Furthermore, commands Amenas track after missing the past. Norway, Japan and the UK have ensured that citizens are still unaccounted for, hiding or perhaps dead. Hence, French President François Hollande, in a speech this afternoon in Tulle (Corrèze), specifying that "despite what is said, the rescue operation is still ongoing" ... Algerian Energy Minister, Yusef Yusfi said Tuesday that exports of gas in his country have not decreased as a result of the attack and hostage taking that last Wednesday held a Salafist group of anti-gas plant Amenas, in southeast Algeria. "Our partners have not been affected by the situation. We reduced our gas exports, but simply have compensated for the lack of production" that was detected in the affected plant, increasing "flow of other sites" the minister told the Algerian official news agency APS. Amenas production "is no more than a small part of our national total," said the minister. With a production capacity of 9,000 million cubic meters per year, Amenas, operated by the Algerian state company Sonatrach, along with BP and Norway's Statoil, produces 12 percent of the total gas in Algeria and provides around 18 percent of its exports, most of them for the European market.


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