At least 20 hostages escape from Islamist terrorist captors after Algerian natural gas complex seized
At least 20 foreign hostages escaped Thursday from Islamist militants who had taken over an Algerian natural gas complex in the Sahara desert, an Algerian security official reported.
Americans and Europeans were among those who escaped, he said, without elaborating. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
At least 20 gunmen attacked the vast complex early Wednesday in retaliation for France’s military intervention against al-Qaeda-linked rebels in neighbouring Mali.
The militants, who claimed to have 41 hostages, have been in a tense standoff since then, surrounded by the Algerian military, which has helicopters flying over the plant. (KJETIL ALSVIK/AFP/Getty Images)