NOUAKCHOTT, Jan.17 (Xinhua) -- Algerian army helicopters on Thursday began firing at a petroleum facility where over 40 Western hostages are being held, leaving some of them injured, the spokesman for the kidnappers told Nouakchott News Agency (ANI).
"Two Japanese hostages have been seriously injured," the spokesman said in a statement, without giving further details on the extent of the injuries.
He however warned that the fighters of the "Battalion of Blood, " the group that has kidnapped the hostages, "will kill the hostages if the Algerian army continues with its raids." 、
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ALGIERS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Islamist militants took dozens of foreign nationals hostages Wednesday night at a gas plant in the southern Algerian desert, marking the first spillover from French military operation in Mali.
A group of gunmen stormed the natural gas complex and held 41 foreigners in a rare attack that shocked the international community and prompted countries to mull rescue operations. Full story
Panetta vows all necessary steps to rescue U.S. hostages in Algeria
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged Wednesday to "take all necessary steps" to rescue American hostages taken by terrorists who took over a natural gas plant in southern Algeria.
"I want to assure the American people that the United States will take all necessary and proper steps that are required to deal with this situation," Panetta was quoted by the American Forces Press Service as telling U.S. reporters traveling with him on his current visit to Rome, Italy. Full story
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BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Heavily armed Islamic militants say they have repelled an attempt by Algeria’s army to enter a gas facility where they claim to be holding up to 41 foreigners.
Mauritania’s ANI news agency reported there were dozens of hostage-takers, armed with both light and heavy weapons including mortars and anti-aircraft missiles. They exchanged fire with the Algerian soldiers, who were forced to retreat. Full story
30 Algerian hostages flee, taken to safe place
ALGIERS, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- As many as 30 Algerian workers managed to flee their captors in the gas facility of Tigantourine in the southernmost province of Illizi, after being taken hostages on Wednesday by an armed group linked to al-Qaida, official APS news agency reported Thursday citing a source in Illizi. Full story