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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. *unless you are Jayna Davis.

    The last Reporter.

  4. 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.”

  5. Rock,

    Yeah, those guys.

  6. 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.

  7. BTW Drudge is quite peeved about this:

    Take a screenshot, Jim.

  8. 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…..

  9. 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?

  10. This seems to be the fellow on site;

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

  11. 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?

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

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. @ 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.

  18. 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



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