Hostage situation ends in Algeria, 7 hostages killed

posted at 11:31 am on January 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Algerian special forces conducted a final raid on a natural-gas processing center in an attempt to end the standoff between al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and the government.  The raid killed eleven terrorists, but not before the terrorists killed seven more hostages:

Algeria’s special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a final assault Saturday, killing 11 militants, but not before they in turn killed seven hostages, the state news agency reported.

The report, quoting a security source, didn’t specify if any hostages or militants remained alive or give the nationalities of the dead.

Algerian authorities estimated that around 30 militants occupied the Ain Amenas site Wednesday and with 18 already reported dead, it appears the hostage crisis involving hundreds of plant workers is finally over.

There was no official count of how many hostages were still being held by the final group of militants holed up in the gas refinery on Saturday, but the militants themselves had reported they were still holding three Belgian, two Americans, a Japanese and a Briton.

Algeria had been embarrassed by an earlier attempt this week, which killed both terrorists and hostages without resolving the situation.  Some had questioned why Algeria hadn’t tried negotiating with the AQ-linked terrorists, to which they answered that Algeria will not negotiate with terrorists … just like the US.

How many of the hostages were left alive — if any? Or for that matter, how many of the terrorists?  So far, it’s not clear what the survival numbers from the assault were:

The Algerian army has secured control of the natural-gas field where hostages were held by Islamist militants for four days after a final assault on the complex, an Algerian industry official said Saturday.

The official said some hostages had been killed during the assault but that he did not yet have a precise account.

The official said Algerian soldiers were still combing the site to search for explosives allegedly planted in the facility by militants.

The U.K. foreign office said that a large majority of British nationals involved in the hostage crisis were safe. It said that fewer than 10 British people are now at risk or unaccounted for. That is down significantly from Thursday night, when there were fewer thank 30 British people at risk.

Reuters reports that at least some of the hostages survived:

The exact death toll among the gunmen and the foreign and Algerian workers at the plant near the town of In Amenas close to the Libyan border remained unclear.

Earlier on Saturday, Algerian special forces found 15 burned bodies at the plant. Efforts were under way to identify the bodies, the source told Reuters, and it was not clear how they had died.

Sixteen foreign hostages were freed on Saturday, a source close to the crisis said. They included two Americans, two Germans and one Portuguese. Britain said fewer than 10 of its nationals at the plant were unaccounted for.

The attack on the plant swiftly turned into one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades, pushing Saharan militancy to the top of the global agenda.

Remember that when people try to tell us that the radical Islamist terrorist networks are “decimated.”

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Rambeaux’s War

Resist We Much on January 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

excellent as usual….the pics had me so laughing I spit out my coffee

CoffeeLover on January 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Interviews from freed hostages are already coming out within hours. Somehow, the pro-Obama media cannot find any Benghazi survivors to interview, months after the attack.

Christien on January 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The Islamic hordes are still attacking. It will continue. Once they take over Europe, they’ll endanger the US, Russia and China.

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I’m wondering when the UN will get around to helping figure this one out.

Maybe if voters would have paid attention to Romney during the debates about what was happening in Mali instead of the administration’s cover-up these people might still be alive.

HopeHeFails on January 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

.the pics had me so laughing I spit out my coffee

CoffeeLover on January 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

lmfao

Resist We Much on January 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Rambeaux’s War

Resist We Much on January 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Are you the perfect photoshopper in the pics you provide? Whoever does them, is a genius.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

What I don’t get is why was the FBI head, Mueller in Tripoli, Libya on Thursday. He was supposedly investigating the Benghazi attack. Not state dept. or CIA, but the FBI. Its strange. He met the PM, justice minister and intelligence chief. Somethings fishy.

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

hanging from the streetlamp across the street…

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Dog whistle!

davidk on January 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Oh please, next you will be claiming their is a anti-American Marxist living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave…

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The Islamic hordes are still attacking. It will continue. Once they take over Europe, they’ll endanger the US, Russia and China.

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

https://www.google.com/search?q=latinos+islam+south&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

davidk on January 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I think the game was,and still is, for the terror types and maybe the adm. who knows, to trade anyone they could for the blind sheik. The terror types really want this clown back.
That plan didn’t work in Benghazi. The intended hostage was killed. Looks like it didnt work much better in Algeria either.
If zero can figure out how to give back the blind sheik without expending political capital which is all they worry about, you can be sure he will.

rodguy911 on January 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

He was there to thank them for not embarrassing Obama further, right ahead of the election.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

If zero can figure out how to give back the blind sheik without expending political capital which is all they worry about, you can be sure he will.

rodguy911 on January 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I say we give the Blind Sheik back… One piece at a time, wrapped in bacon…

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

The Islamic hordes are still attacking. It will continue. Once they take over Europe, they’ll endanger the US, Russia and China.

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

They already are. How many times has a disaster been averted simply because a terrorist was a screw-up (Christmas day bomber over Detroit, Times Square Bomber, etc.?

bw222 on January 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Seems a waste of perfectly good bacon.

Just pack him in lard…

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

paging Keyser Soze, red courtesy phone please.

redmama on January 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

If zero can figure out how to give back the blind sheik without expending political capital which is all they worry about, you can be sure he will.

rodguy911 on January 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I say we give the Blind Sheik back… One piece at a time, wrapped in bacon…

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

And that only after we make and distribute a video of a large male pig buggering him, and then of him having all of his blood removed and the same pig that just buggered him supplying him with brand new pigs blood.

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

We damn well who attacked the Benghazi consulate office and killed our ambassador. These people should be hunted down and killed.

SC.Charlie on January 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

@Schad Yeah, I read your reply last night too. But head honcho of FBI going across to thank a small country? Nah. And its the libyan officials who’ve revealed that Mueller was investigating into the Benghazi attack. Its all very fishy.

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Egyptian Press Confirms Washington Infiltrated By Islamists

Schad: Look for my mark on photos. I found the Rambeaux online.

Resist We Much on January 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Because it is official Obama policy that terrorism is a crime, not an act of war, outside the boundaries of the Geneva Convention. The FBI deals with crimes.

novaculus on January 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Update: 19 hostages dead after Algerian assault ends hostage crisis; dozens remain unaccounted for – @AP

9 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
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Jan 19 2013 12:31PM

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/algeria-day-4-hostage-standoff

canopfor on January 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

tommy71 on January 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Because it is official Obama policy that terrorism is a crime, not an act of war, outside the boundaries of the Geneva Convention. The FBI deals with crimes.

novaculus on January 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I believe you are mistaken. To Barack “If the winds blow in an ugly direction I will side with Islam” Obama, acts of Jihad are Holy Sacraments, where as a Catholic Employer not providing his employes with birth control is a criminal action.

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Hostage situation ends in Algeria, 7 hostages killed

…Hillary will take responsibility!

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I haven’t been following this. But, evidently, some republican haters took some hostages and the Algerians rescued most of them?

Weird.

trigon on January 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Algerian Special Forces?

Them’s the one’s that’s wearing boots, right?

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

BP chief executive on Algerian hostage crisis: ‘Terrorists had an intention of potentially destroying the entire facility’ – @Telegraph

3 mins ago from http://www.telegraph.co.uk by editor
=================================================

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/algeria/9812922/Algeria-hostage-crisis-latest-as-10-Britons-remain-missing-in-desert.html

canopfor on January 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Another DemoRat bites the dust………….

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been charged with bank fraud – @AP

5 mins ago from http://www.detroitnews.com by editor
==================================================

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130119/METRO/301190376/1409/Michigan-Supreme-Court-justice-charged-fraud

Diane Hathaway
***************

With the support of unions including the Michigan Education Association, the AFL-CIO, and the United Auto Workers, Hathaway was nominated at the Michigan Democratic Party’s summer convention, and announced her candidacy for the state Supreme Court in September, 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Hathaway

canopfor on January 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Obama and the Democrats wage war on American gun owners.

claudius on January 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Remember that when people try to tell us that the radical Islamist terrorist networks are “decimated.”

Yes, in the original sense of decimate, with 90% of them still there!

Tzetzes on January 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Didn’t the French just screw up a hostage rescue a week or two ago, themselves? It’s getting hard to keep track of the different muzzie hostage takings. At least, they’re concentrating their efforts in North Africa these days. That’s some level of organization for Barky’s muslim allies. I bet Barky just wishes he could give those nations to the muzzie terrorists like he’s helped do throughout the arab world. They must be licking their chops in the White House, these days. So many anti-Western lunatics to help them out. I can’t wait for Brennan for let us all know how these muslim hostage takers in the various sh!tholes of North Africa are “mostly secular” and that they would make decent governments if we just gave them control … and weapons.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Was Barry golfing?

Anybody know his score?

Tim_CA on January 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Obama and his minions think that you are the “terrorists”.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Algerian Special Forces?

Them’s the one’s that’s wearing boots, right?

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

lol.

Tim_CA on January 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Egyptian Press Confirms Washington Infiltrated By Islamists

Actually this started under George “Islam Is the Religion of Peace” Bush. Bush43 fell under the influence of Grover Nrquist, a long-time Muslim enabler who is marries to a Muslim woman.

bw222 on January 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

SWalker on January 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

.
Seems a waste of perfectly good bacon.

Just pack him in lard…

coldwarrior on January 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

.
Hold the phone there, ‘warrior … I need that hog-fat for my popcorn.

I say we use blood.

listens2glenn on January 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I’m wondering when the UN will get around to helping figure this one out.

HopeHeFails
on January 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

.
They already have it figured out.

They are deliberately using the Islamists to create World-wide crisis, so they can con the rest of the World into accepting World Government solutions.
Just like the Progressives are doing, here in the U.S.

But it will back-fire on them, bigtime.

listens2glenn on January 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I hate islam now: I am sure of it.

Not afraid of it but hate it.

It needs to be put down and any so called moderates should be closely monitored.

It ain’t no daisy.

Sherman1864 on January 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Obama will invite the survivors to one of the Inaugural Balls.

profitsbeard on January 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

That’ll be a small crowd.

Solaratov on January 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

The Arab’Spring’ in full development.

Suffocate leftards, from hypocrisy. Your fool leads you into this.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

well done Algeria..they know how to deal with Jihadists

Remember that when people try to tell us that the radical Islamist terrorist networks are “decimated.”

come on Ed, do you really need to use 3 different terms to not alienate moderate muslims out there? just say jihadists

sadsushi on January 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

doh..lets try that again

Remember that when people try to tell us that the radical Islamist terrorist networks are “decimated.”

come on Ed, do you really need to use 3 different terms to not alienate moderate muslims out there? just say jihadists

sadsushi on January 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

‘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, told the Mail from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. ‘”We will kill them,” they said.’

no surprise here..Christians always targeted by these savages also no surprise below

‘They were carrying heavy weapons including rifles used by the Libyan army during (Muammar) Gadaffi’s rule,’ he said. ‘They also had rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns.’

thanks Obama

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2264313/Algerian-crisis-State-Department-REJECTS-Battalion-Blood-gang-offer-swap-U-S-hostages-seized-Algeria-jailed-extremists.html

sadsushi on January 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The real story here, Ed, is: not even the sound of crickets from Obama, Hillary, and crew …

ShainS on January 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

He’s busy for the innauguration.

On Monday have some root canals and colonoscopies in his honor. He deserves no more.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Heh. I refuse to cooperate, à la Gandhi, with anything that diminishes human dignity — so I won’t be engaging what have now become “government providers” of healthcare.

Instead, I will celebrate Obama’s second Inaugural by doubling the intensity of his first: instead of sticking just one needle into my eye, I’ll stick one in each … ;-)

[Of course, in truth the "man" (and I use that term loosely) deserves nary a nanosecond of consideration from any of us beyond not just how to shut down him and his kind -- but (the more I think about it ol' Tommy was right:) making them disappear permanently as, and as an example of, fertilizer for the withering tree of liberty ...]

ShainS on January 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Has State Dept or WH even issued any statemnt yet?

I just know if Bush (or any Repub) were in the office, we would have non-stop questioning from the press every day already.

As of now, the Obamas are pissed for such distractions from his 2nd crowning (‘Second Coming’)

Sir Napsalot on January 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

US State Department issues Mali travel warning – @AP

10 hours ago from hosted.ap.org by editor

canopfor on January 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

You had got to be kidding me. A travel warning from State Dept??????

Sir Napsalot on January 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The Algerians did the right thing. Their Special Forces may not be all that ‘special‘, but they took the terrorists out which is what matters most.

sharrukin on January 19, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Now they are saying everyone is dead, Terrorists and Hostages. That is completely the wrong outcome.

dogsoldier on January 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Now they are saying everyone is dead, Terrorists and Hostages. That is completely the wrong outcome.

dogsoldier on January 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

If you mean the AP report from the Drudge link, they are saying 23 died which they take to be everyone, but the number of foreign hostages was 107. The new math?

sharrukin on January 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

dogsoldier on January 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Yep. Because our anti-American President farmed it out.

kingsjester on January 19, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Wonder when Algeria gets to play a round of “Arab Spring”.

Apparently their government has been bribing enough of their population in the way of food/housing subsidies and higher pay for public servants with their oil revenue.

Is Algeria immune from the Arab spring?

I’m sure their leader is a despot who’s killed millions and NATO will be all too willing to help the Freedom Fighters when the time comes.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The Algerian govt fought a bloody ten year civil war in the 90′s against against Islamist rebels..it cost 100,000 lives but the rebels were defeated. The Algerian army is battle hardened and very experienced. However every now and then some hardcore elements reappear. The security services always respond with maximum force – the number one priority is kill the terrorists, hostages always come second.Western govts reverse those priorities which is why the Algerians ignored western “advice”

As for those who say US or UK special forces (like Steyn)would have been more effective I have my doubts. This was a very big industrial complex with many places to hide plus potentially 600 hostages, some of them with bombs around their necks. Even US,UK or Israeli special forces could not have ended the incident without some fatalities amongst the hostages and negotiation would have dragged on, giving maximum publicity to the terrorists who thrive on this type of PR. Instead most of them appear to be dead and the message has gone out that if you try hostage taking in Algeria you will die fairly quickly and not be given the mark of semi legitimacy produced by negotiation.

Seems quite a sensible policy in my opinion…

callingallcomets on January 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I picked this tidbit up this morning re: the terrorist attack on the gas plant in Algeria.

AP Press: The militants, who came from a Mali-based al-Qaida splinter group…

So, I see that Gov, Romney was proven right once again. When is some/anyone going to call the beltway or the MSM on ther laughter and ridicule of his debate point. Every day we learn more and more that Mali is indeed a place to weep over. Every day we learn more and more about the prostitution ring run by the MSM for their pimp Obama.

conservative educator on January 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

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