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Posted by trailing wife 2013-01-17 07:23||
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File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa
Algerian helicopters attack plant, two hostages hurt
[Rooters] 01/17/2013 14:21 NOUAKCHOTT - Two Algerian army helicopters attacked the gas complex where Islamists have seized dozens of foreigners and Algerians, injuring two of the Japanese hostages, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported, citing one of the kidnappers.
It was not possible to independently verify the report.
ANI has close contacts with the al Qaida-linked group that has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping in retaliation for France's attack on Islamists in neighboring Mali.
Posted by trailing wife 2013-01-17 08:07||
#2 Fox just said: Algerian Helos are strafing the plant - some hostages hurt
Posted by Frank G 2013-01-17 08:16||
#3 very good news if some people escaped. best possible move they could have made. they will be the survivors.
Posted by Raider 2013-01-17 10:07||
An Algerian news website, TSA, says the army is now in full control of the gas facility. No figures available on number of casualties, the website adds.
Posted by tipper 2013-01-17 10:48||
#6 The hostages are as good as dead. Forget them.
Kill the baddies.
Posted by Muggsy Mussolini1226 2013-01-17 11:32||
#7 news is saying 25 hostages rescued (or escaped), and six killed. but that leaves 16 unaccounted for.
Posted by Raider 2013-01-17 12:46||
#8 sorry ... bad math. 25 rescued, 6 killed, 10 unaccounted for right now. looks like the Islamists tried to run with the hostages in vehicles, and the Algerian Army cut them off.
Posted by Raider 2013-01-17 13:12||
#9 they really need to kill each and every one of these Islamists. No "arrests", no "escaped".
Posted by Frank G 2013-01-17 14:03||
#10 they really need to kill each and every one of these Islamists. No "arrests", no "escaped".
I think they need to arrest these people to find out where they're getting financing, and then arrange for hit teams to kill the financiers. Getting accurate information will require multiple captives for corroboration, so they really need as many alive as they can get. Maimed is fine, as long as they're lucid. Obviously they'll also need organizational details such as names, locations and so on, so that relatives and friends can be used as hostages and harmed if members at large do not become turncoats in service of the regime. Such are the tools of repression available to a non-Western state.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2013-01-17 19:57||
#11 Cell phones and laptops reveal an awful lot, in the right hands...
Posted by trailing wife 2013-01-17 21:41||