BP gas facility in Algeria attacked by Islamist Militants, about 100 workers held hostage

BP gas facility in Algeria attacked by Islamist Militants, about 100 workers held hostage
# 17 January 2013 13:42 (UTC +04:00)

Forty-one Westerners include seven Americans, French, British and Japanese citizens have been taken hostage.Some hostages were reported to have escaped from a remote Algerian gas plant on Thursday, where dozens of foreigners and scores of Algerians were seized by Islamist gunmen demanding a halt to a French military campaign in neighboring Mali. About 40 Algerians had also been freed, mainly women working as translators, it said. Algerian forces have surrounded the In Amenas gas plant in southeast Algeria.

The attackers have demanded an end to the French military campaign in Mali, where hundreds of French paratroops and marines are launching a ground offensive against rebels a week after Paris began firing on militants from the air.

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