Report: 34 of 41 Hostages Killed in Algeria – 2 Americans Survive Raid – US Leads From Behind


Algerian troops have surrounded the Islamist gunmen who kidnapped workers from the Amenas gas field in Algeria. (Reuters)

According to Mauritania’s ANI news agency, which has been in constant contact with the kidnappers, 34 of 41 hostaged were killed yesterday at a Algerian gas plant.
Reuters reported:

Many people were killed when Algerian forces opened fire on a vehicle at a remote gas plant where gunmen were holding dozens of Western hostages, a resident of the locality and Arab news reports said on Thursday.

The resident, who asked not to be identified, said there were many bodies at the scene. He did not give firm numbers of the dead or say whether they were kidnappers, hostages or both.

Mauritania’s ANI news agency, which has been in constant contact with the kidnappers, reported that 34 of the captives and 15 of the captors had been killed when government forces fired from helicopters while the kidnappers were trying to move some of their prisoners.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera television carried a similar report. Those details could not be immediately confirmed.

The Algerian government rejected a demand from the Islamist militants who seized Westerners at the plant for safe passage to nearby Libya.


Al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar is said to be behind the terrorist attack.

UPDATE: ANI reported: A spokesman for the kidnappers told the agency those hostages were three Belgians, two Americans, a Japanese and a Briton.

UPDATE: FOX News reported that one American escaped from the complex sometime during the raid and was able to contact family members back in the US.

UPDATE:
The official Algerian APS news agency said nearly 600 Algerian workers and four foreign hostages – two Britons, a Frenchman and a Kenyan – had been freed during the operation.

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  • RedBeard

    Life is a cheap commodity in the Islamic world.

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  • donh

    The Mad Mahdi from Khartoum strikes again…..Obama has a low budget Hollywood studio feverishly working overtime to produce a mock insult to Islam video he can blame it on and crack down on our free speech rights…Should be uploaded to youtube any minute now with back dated entry logs….> http://youtu.be/nZL_TOV9-m0

  • Adirondack Patriot

    If they only had a national gun registry in Algeria and a 10-round limit on magazines. Damn you NRA! (sarc).

  • ★FALCON★

    @ Oliver –

    Did you post snippet last week about Adam Lanza’s mother being in the CIA DARPA program?

    If so – do you have a link to that story?

    If it wasn’t you, please forgive me.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Highlander

    But…but …. I thought Al Qaeda was defunct? Obama told us so ….

  • Everyone Gets a Trophy

    This can’t be happening. Zippy said Al Qaeda has been decimated. Therefore, events like this are…RACISTS!

  • RL

    Send the inimitable “Shadow” after them. He clouds his own mind, and certainly can cloud the infantile minds of like minded pedophile followers…..

  • Rock

    No question Iranian born Valerie Jarrett told President WTF to sit on his arse and let someone else get our people killed. Serving our Government or working overseas under this President and his Islamic advisers and friends is suicidal.

  • Multitude

    Meanwhile CNN and MSNBC hide the story and keep the narrative on sports celebrities.

  • Tom in CA

    Rock,

    It’s suicidal unless you would be a belligerent Professor or a young guy that could be Obie’s son. Then you would see the Southern Boy Special Forces group unleashed to go save them.

  • JDR-Taq

    Multitude. That might just be the shortest comment you’ve ever made.

    Even so, pointed as ever.

    It’s true: Journalism is dead. There are no Woodwards and Bernsteins. There are no Jayna Davises. It’s all soviet-era PRAVDA now.

  • JDR-Taq

    Jayna Davis was the last one.

    The rest of you “reporters”?

    Yeah, go f&&k yourselves.

  • #13taq…”woodwards and bernsteins?” if nixon was a democrat you never would have heard of watergate.

  • JDR-Taq

    Less than worthless. “Worthless” implies a quantity of zero.

    You spineless, willing slaves are less than worthless. A net negative.

  • JDR-Taq

    tommy,

    True. And it occurs to me that we really ought to dispense with the word “democrat”, and just say “communist”. Regarding both then and now.

    The Fabian Society, in the 1920s, had two rules that were just like those in “Fight Club”.

    1. You don’t talk about Fight Club.
    2. You don’t talk about Fight Club.

    The Fabians’ number one rule was to NEVER CALL IT BY ITS TRUE NAME.

    Always hem and haw and beat around the bush, call it anything else, just not Communism, Marxism, or Socialism. Always deflect and redefine those three words, as well. Constantly. Never allow ANYTHING to be called by those names by always insisting that the speaker or writer knows NOTHING about those three words.

    They do it to this day. You don’t talk about Fight Club.

  • JDR-Taq

    It’s exactly the same tactic used by Muslim practitioners of Taqiyya.

  • Rock

    Tom #12
    Would you be talking about the US REDNECK SPECIAL FORCES? If so rotflmao, while I suspect anything helping WTF would be low on the mission list.

  • Indiana

    Another crisis for Zippy to manage….oh boy! I wonder who the next disposable employee in his administration we’ll see on the news shows on Sunday. There must be another video in the making this morning that can be blamed for the upset, because the Liar in Chief swore to us he finished off Al Qaeda. But, wait, wait…..Hillary’s developing a migraine from that blood clot.

  • dunce

    This will put a stop to the hostage ransom game, paying ransom only insures that more attacks and hostages are taken. They are only half crazy and not stupid enough to do something that is most likely to get them killed.

  • JDR-Taq

    Re: my #14 and #16

    Were those comments “passive-agressive” behavior on my part?

    Perhaps. And it’s a good thing. If I were to be “agressive-agressive”, we’d see more “white people” flash-mobs, like the other kind you newspaper “reporters” have ignored by the thousands these last four years.

    So yeah, I’ll tell you pieces of s&&t to go f&&k yourselves.

    “Beat Whitey Night” at the Iowa and Wisconsin State Fairs — actually happened, and will happen again, and in microcosm happens in every Democrat city in America almost every day — just for kicks! I mean real kicks, of course, to the faces of whitey on the ground, in addition to jollies.

    “Beat Reporter Night” at whatever place reporters happen to gather to ply their trade:

    Hasn’t happened.

    That’s the difference between “passive-aggressive” and “aggressive-aggressive”.

    We hated TEA Party types will just tell you to go f&&k yourselves.

    Your beloved “underrepresented” folks will rape you for three days with broken chair legs, laughing all the way, and then pour bleach in all your orifices, and put you in a 55-gallon trash bag to suffocate to death.

    Yes, you are less than worthless. If you consider yourself a “journalist”, then I am talking to you.

  • JDR-Taq

    *unless you are Jayna Davis.

    The last Reporter.

  • Chippy

    More bumps in the road for lil barry. Just like the four dead Americans in Benghazi.

    barry thinks that law abiding Americans with 2nd Amendment rights are “bumps in the road.”

  • Tom in CA

    Rock,

    Yeah, those guys.

  • JDR-Taq

    Rock,

    Serving Clinton was also suicidal, IIRC.

    There is a hip-deep trail of dead people, assigned to “protect” him, in his wake. Her, too.

    The closer you are, the more you know; the more you know, the more you fear… and with good reason, because the more you know, the more expendable you become.

  • JDR-Taq

    BTW Drudge is quite peeved about this:

    Take a screenshot, Jim.

  • Heard on the news the U.S has a drone up watching the situation, WOW don’t that sound familiar, I fear another concussion for the Hildybeast…..

  • Michelle

    You report this as if it were a bad thing. These people are Obama’s and Hillary’s friends. This is called ‘successful foreign policy’. Attack on polluting carbon based energy sources: Check. Free very late term abortions: Check. Leading with his behind: Check. Could things get better?

  • miguel cervantes

    This seems to be the fellow on site;

    http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sc7987.doc.htm

  • Rock

    Given WTF inaction on these type of events I’m beginning to think these scum are getting inside help, anyone checked Barry’s Blackberry lately?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Well this is strange – the lede in the article says that twenty-five hostages escaped and six died.

  • Dave-O

    Did Barry and Hillary watch the entire operation “live” via drone feed like they did with the Benghazi attack?

    Will we ever really know?

    This is just another “bump in the road” for Barry and Hillary –

    Now, quick!! look at the shiny squirrel over in the corner!!!! Get the focus back on the terrible NRA and all those law-abiding Americans here at home who happen to believe in the entire Bill of Rights!!! Now THOSE are the REAL terrorists!!!

  • Lim Lynn

    Out of the 34 hostages only Traitor in Chief interest is 1 Briton 3 Belgians 1 Americans 1 Japanese still at large. Whether he can do a good job is hard to tell. Next, hope evil kidnappers won’t use hostages as human shields. 13 evil kidnappers killed when people snipe from helicopter during rescue mission to neutralize captors. If not it will fail the rescue mission from helicopter.

  • Redwine

    This is a BP field. Sounds like a repeat of Benghazi – only without a diplomat.

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  • Mikey

    JDR-Taq = tellin it just like it is!

    But next time don’t beat around the bush, tell the group your true inner feelings. har2

  • Mikey

    @ Redwine (above) – Not so sure.
    Who knows who or what was operating out of that facility.
    Odd mix of foreigners thats for sure.
    Or maybe that’s how it is in the middle of the Algerian desert.

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  • Vicky Hernandez

    Notice that ever since the US has turned into the little dog with its tail between its legs trying to curry favor from the world’s nut jobs has only made them more brazen in their anti-American and anti-Werstern rhetoric and actions?

    Nuthin’ but “Ken dolls”* in the White House!

    dunce @ #21:
    Ditto. Unfortunately it will be true only in Algeria.

    *ht Tammy Bruce

  • L.E. Liesner

    Looks like it’s time for Obama to take another vacation. Vacations are easier to take then explaining his failures in foreign relations.

  • chas

    It is way more important to talk about fallen and pregnant celebrities than to talk about the real world. One word describes it all…smokescreen.
    I myself long for a true and honest reporter.
    Maybe Aljazeera will rise to the top.oh my what am i thinking.

  • Power Bar

    You’re passing on casualty figures given by the kidnappers?

  • Carbon Monoxide

    Has anyone determined if they were using weapons obtained in Lybia?

  • Goatweed

    The map sure makes it look like the killers came from Libya.

  • RayPrice

    You right-wing baggies want America to fail.

    Why do you hate America tea baggies?

  • American Woman

    JDR-taq

    The National press is currently burying a story about a young Catholic college graduate, who embraced non-violence and was savagely beaten by “Youths”.

    The story reads like this:

    Palestinian Prince” and Muslim Gang Savagely Assault Catholic Student Committed to Non-Violence (VIDEO)
    January 17, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield Comments (21)

    Kevin McCarron, a 24 year old student who graduated from Providence College, had stopped by Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, an upscale pizza place on one of Greenwich Village’s narrow tree-lined streets where cafes, taverns and restaurants cater to the large student population in nearby New York University.

    But while McCarron, his brother and his friends, had stopped by Artichoke Basille’s, at 111 McDougal Street, Sherif Rizk was celebrating his graduation as a Political Science student at Brooklyn College, along with a gang of Muslim friends a little way down at 119 McDougal Street where Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant to the left of a sleazy ATM and the Comedy Cellar.

    In the seventies, the Village Voice had claimed that Henry Kissinger could take a lesson from Mamoun’s where “Arabs and Jews” eat the same table. But the lesson that would be tonight was of a very different kind.

    The Muslim group was sitting on the car that McCarron and his friends were planning to drive home from their New York City outing and became aggressive when they were asked to get off.

    McCarron, who had graduated with a degree in public and community services studies and participated in a Catholic church’s ministry for “the study and practice of nonviolence”, tried to defuse the situation.

    “We are going to f— you up,” one of the Muslims answered. Arming themselves with a baseball and tire irons from the trunk of their car, at least seven of them assaulted Kevin McCarron, fracturing his skull.

    Sherif Rizk was arrested by the police. As was Hatem Farsakh. Facebook and MySpace profiles that may belong to Farsakh show that he calls himself the “Palestinian Prince.” Sherif Rizk’s “Likes” apparently include, “Daily Dawah”, “I need Allah in my life”, “Occupy Wall Street”, “Prophet Mohammed”, “Sucka 4 Blondes”, “I’m a Muslim and I’m Proud”, “Israel is Not a Country” and “Please Say Yes to Support a Ban on Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.”

    The other five are still at large. Kevin McCarron is in critical condition at the hospital and may have permanent damage to his motor skills. However Hatem is already out on $5,000 bail. Sherif Rizk Rizk’s bail was set at $30,000 after being charged with attempted murder, gang assault and assault.Rizk’s father claims that the assault was really self-defense.

    Go here to see photos of the victim and the perpetrators. There is also a video: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/savage-assault-muslim/

    If you have young people in your life; make sure they know this story. There is no such thing as Islamophobia when savages come to our country to spread an ideology full of hate, slavery, and murder.

  • RepoUSA

    My bladder is full, wish I had an Al Qaeda bastard to send to hell.

  • American Woman

    Islamic Fascists hate the Judeo-Christian Ethic.

    Algeria Gunmen Tell Hostages ‘We Only Kill Christians and Infidels’

    Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 02:14 PM

    Islamist gunmen who seized hundreds of gas plant workers in the Sahara told Algerian staff they would not harm Muslims but would kill Western hostages they called “Christians and infidels”, a local man who escaped said on Thursday.

    In a rare eyewitness account of Wednesday’s dawn raid deep in the desert, a local man employed at the facility told Reuters the militants appeared to have good inside knowledge of the layout of the complex and used the language of radical Islam.

    “The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels,” Abdelkader, 53, said by telephone from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. “We will kill them, they said.”

    His voice choking with emotion – “I’m a lucky man,” he said over the sound of children playing and a television relaying the latest news – Abdelkader described how he managed to escape along with many of the hundreds of Algerians initially detained.

    He asked that his family name be withheld.

    “I am still choked, and stressed,” he said, adding that he feared many of his foreign colleagues may have died. “The terrorists seemed to know the base very well,” he said, “Moving around, showing that they knew where they were going.”

    The kidnappers said they were retaliating for last week’s French offensive in neighboring Mali, and demanded that Paris call off the operation and that Algeria withdraw cooperation.

    Security experts said, however, that the raid appeared to have been planned well in advance – although the decision to launch it now may have been influenced by events in Mali.

    An Algerian military operation to end the siege appeared to be continuing late on Thursday. Twenty-five foreign hostages had escaped and six were killed, Algerian sources said. On Wednesday, the militants said they held 41 Westerners, including Americans, Japanese and Europeans of various nationalities.

    © 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/algeria-islamists-kill-christians/2013/01/17/id/471935#ixzz2IJJVE5Yb

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  • Rachel

    Where’s Waldo?….er, I mean King Barry? Or Hillary DuFarge? Do American deaths only count if they help eliminate the 2nd Amendment? Because Barry seems to have no problem letting Americans drop like flies with no response whatsoever.

  • crackermike

    I can’t wait to see what excuse the American msm will invent to justify this islamic slaughter. But it will be secondary because they don’t want to deflate Obama’s rape of the Constitution; can’t be allowed to deviate from the propaganda goal dontcha know.

  • Lim Lynn

    It’s not only 7 of 41 still haven’t known nationalities. It’s hundreds of hostages in danger.

  • The Islamic extremists are trying to escalate this into a world war. We must make clear plans with allies on how to stop it from spreading. And pray like many lives depended on it.