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Foreigners held hostage by militants in Algeria ( 7 Americans )
BBC ^ | 16 January 2013 Last updated at 17:11 ET

Posted on 01/16/2013 2:35:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach


In Amenas is operated by the Algerian company Sonatrach with BP and Statoil

Islamist militants have attacked and occupied a gas facility in Algeria, killing a Briton and an Algerian and taking foreign workers hostage.

Algerian Interior Minister Daho Ould Kabila said troops had surrounded the living quarters at In Amenas, where some 20 people were being held.

Norwegian, French, British, US and Japanese citizens are among them.

Mr Ould Kabila said the militants wanted to leave Algeria with the hostages, which he would not allow.

Earlier, the AFP news agency quoted one worker as saying the militants had demanded the release of 100 Islamist prisoners. Another report said they wanted France to end its military operation in Mali.

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We've asked the Algerian authorities to put the life and health of the hostages above all”

End Quote Espen Barth Eide Norwegian Foreign Minister

Dozens of Algerian workers were meanwhile said to have been released.

The In Amenas gas field is operated by the Algerian state oil company, Sonatrach, along with the British oil company BP and Norway's Statoil.

It is situated about 1,300km (800 miles) south-east of the capital, Algiers, and about 60km (37 miles) west of the Libyan border.'Very dangerous situation'

At a news conference on Wednesday evening, Mr Kabila said a heavily armed "terrorist group" using three vehicles had attacked a bus carrying workers from In Amenas at about 05:00 (04:00 GMT).

The attackers was repelled by police who had been escorting the bus, but a Briton and an Algerian national had been killed, he said. Two other British nationals, a Norwegian, two police officers and a security guard were also hurt in the firefight, he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: algeria; algeric; europeanunion; france; japan; mali; norway; sonatrach; statoil; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 01/16/2013 2:36:02 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; blam
Saw a gentleman interviewed on Fox Business network regarding what the militants would ask for regarding the Hostages....

Unknown,....it could be money but also possible that they want the Algerian Government to deny landing rights to the French who are moving troops in to the Mali area to fight the Militants there...

2 posted on 01/16/2013 2:41:54 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Lots of sand to pound around there.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 2:43:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

oh my goodness, will they have to use guns to free them?! (Sarc)


4 posted on 01/16/2013 2:43:02 PM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: Paladin2
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Earlier, a man claiming to be a spokesman for the militants told BBC Arabic that al-Qaeda had carried out the attack.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 2:46:48 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Clearly the work of an obscure video maker here.

I wonder if Obama even knows if this has happened yet? Or did he watch it happen from the comfort of his private residence surrounded by children. /s

6 posted on 01/16/2013 2:52:32 PM PST by bayliving (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Do you know whether there was any response to this news yet from the White House? Just curious.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 2:52:52 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

In related news:

_resident Zero gave a speech about guns or something and then attended a party to say goodbye to Timothy Geithner....


8 posted on 01/16/2013 2:53:48 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: NEMDF
The article had this note:

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US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed that Americans were among those seized, while Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore said one of its nationals was a hostage.

9 posted on 01/16/2013 2:55:31 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: All; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; blam
From LWJ:

Al Qaeda-linked group claims credit for kidnappings in Algeria

10 posted on 01/16/2013 2:58:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Since Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi are now DEAD, thus ruining the obozo plan to allow the capture of Stevens to enable a swap for the blind sheik terrorist with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, maybe the obozo will offer up the blind sheik for these folks. Obozo’s second bite of that same apple if you will.
11 posted on 01/16/2013 3:02:54 PM PST by drypowder
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I heard it’s a AQ group claiming credit for the hostage taking: kidnappings.

The Marxist seems too busy with trying to disarm us to bother with this event.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 3:03:46 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

BUMP..
Thanks very much.
OOOOPS. I posted before reading your confirmation link.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 3:05:01 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well, considering the Coward in Chief allowed other Americans to die...


14 posted on 01/16/2013 3:08:08 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Say what you will about the French, they deployed the Foreign Legion into a very similar situation in Kolwezi, Zaire back in 1978.

The hostage takers did not fare well.

15 posted on 01/16/2013 3:08:13 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: All
Thread from the link just above at LWJ:

Al Qaeda-linked group claims credit for kidnappings in Algeria

16 posted on 01/16/2013 3:08:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: onyx

See #16 as well.


17 posted on 01/16/2013 3:11:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wait, we can’t use guns to free them because guns are “Evil” perhaps we should just use Twinkies or pencils as weapons instead


18 posted on 01/16/2013 3:16:19 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda
OH....yes....Twinkies ......that is the answer,....

they may have never tasted the delicacy from the West....LOL!

19 posted on 01/16/2013 3:30:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

LOL wait I almost forgot..the damn Unions destroyed the Twinkies..guess they gotta go in unarmed


20 posted on 01/16/2013 3:34:54 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m sure Jimmy Carter will help Zero out of this situation. Of course, we’ll never hear about the hostages on the MSM. No “America’s Hostage Crisis - day 400” or anything like that might make Zero look bad.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 3:39:18 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They have a list of arcane Youtube videos they want pulled from the internets.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 3:46:50 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks Ernest.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 4:19:49 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest.


24 posted on 01/16/2013 5:40:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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