Posts Tagged ‘Algerian Civil War’

Several Hostages Including 7 Americans Being Held in Algeria

Several Hostages Including 7 Americans Being Held in Algeria

Posted on 17 Jan 2013 at 4:05pm

In reaction to Algeria’s authorization for French warplanes to use its airspace for bombing raids against al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali, a group called the Masked Brigade, linked to Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, attacked a BP gas facility in the town of In Amenas in Algeria‚Äôs southeast on Wednesday. They kidnapped 41 foreigners, including seven Americans, according to Reuters.

French news website L’Express reported that an exchange of fire between police and Islamist militants resulted in the deaths of one Algerian police…