Isht is mad real over there son
Islamist terrorists have told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex where they are holding hostages, killing 35 of the foreigners and 15 of the kidnappers, the Associated Press is reporting.
The claim was not confirmed by Algerian authorities. Earlier, as many as 20 foreign hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, being held at a natural-gas facility in the Algerian desert had escaped their captors, an Algerian official told the Associated Press.
A spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the assault Wednesday on the gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, said Thursday that Abou El Baraa, the leader of the kidnappers, was also killed in the Algerian Army’s helicopter attack.
BBC reported that the British Foreign Office confirmed only that an Algerian military operation was under way at a gas facility in eastern Algeria where hostages are being held,
Algerian soldiers had been surrounding the facility near Amenas that kidnappers occupied on Wednesday, after killing a Briton and an Algerian and taking dozens of foreign nationals hostage, including 7 Americans.
Where are those folks from Argo, or Zero Dark Thirty when you need them??
A spokesman for the terrorist group Qatiba, which translates as Those Who Sign with Their Blood, told Mauritanian news website Sahara Media Agency that the attack was in retaliation for Algeria’s decision to allow French aircraft to use its airspace in its intervention in Mali.
The spokesperson, pictured in a black turban and an automatic weapon in front of a jihadist flag, said his group took 41 foreigners hostage, including seven Americans, as well as French, British and Japanese nationals. He said that seven of the hostages were being held in the site’s factory and the rest in the residential area of the oil refinery.
Thoughts and prayers are with those that lost their lives and those that may still be held hostage.
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