Thirty-five hostages killed in Algerian helicopter attack on BP gas plant siege
According to Mauritania’s ANI news agency, Thirty-five foreign hostages were killed today in a helicopter air strike by Algerian forces on the BP gas plant seized by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, militants have claimed.
Soldiers from the Saharan state attacked the gas field where dozens of Westerners including Britons and Americans were being held in revenge for France’s assault on al-Qaeda rebels in neighbouring Mali.
Fifteen kidnappers, who had semtex strapped to their vests, were also reportedly killed at the Amenas field, deep in the Saharan south east of the country.
A spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the assault said Abou El Baraa, the leader of the kidnappers, was also killed.