Al Qaeda Linked Group From Mali Claim They Are Holding 7 Americans, Among Others..
After Taking Control Of Algerian Gas Field(Update)

The group said the attack was in revenge for Algeria's support of France's operation against Al Qaeda-linked Malian rebels groups far to the southeast

A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or the Masked Brigade, called a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its subsidiaries had carried out the operation on the Ain Amenas gas field, taking 41 hostages from nine or 10 different nationalities.

The group's claim could not be independently substantiated and typically there would be fewer than 20 foreign staff members on site on a typical day, along with hundreds of Algerian employees[...]

In a statement BP said the site was "attacked and occupied by a group of unidentified armed people," and some of its personnel are believed to be "held by the occupiers."

The number and identities of the hostages was still unclear, but Ireland announced that a 36-year-old married Irish man was among them, while Japan and Britain said their citizens were involved as well. A Norwegian woman said her husband called her saying he had been taken hostage.

In addition to the two foreigners killed -- one of them a Briton -- six others were wounded in the attack, including two foreigners, two police officers and two security agents, Algeria's state news agency reported.

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Lovely, just damned lovely.

Update: US officials have confirmed at least 3 or maybe more US citizens are being held hostage by a al-Qaeda terror group run by a one eyed bitch

Posted by: Stable Hand at 11:41 AM


1 Don't worry, hostages. We have some logistical support in the area. For the French. Also some gun control.

This is Mokhtar Belmokhtar's splinter group from last month.
Gharda´a veteran of Afghanistan, the Emir of the GIA in 1992, then the
GSPC in 1998, MBM will finally posted, with a reduced room for maneuver,
but with a degree of autonomy that allows it to be operational without
referring each time to his superiors."

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at January 16, 2013 12:11 PM

2 "Algerian forces have surrounded the hostages takers." Well that's just dandy. They should have surrounded the oil field as security before this happened, and maybe this wouldn't have happened in the first place.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 16, 2013 12:22 PM

3 Just why did bp not have significant armed security here? Its not like they can't afford to pay off any government moron trying to stop them from posting armed guards.

Posted by: cloaked in mystery at January 16, 2013 12:32 PM

4 They better not mess with any Ewings. Those are some badass folks. I hear.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 16, 2013 04:18 PM

5 These tools in algeria holding hostages don't realize that they are now SEAL magnets.

Posted by: warpig at January 16, 2013 08:00 PM

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