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BP Gas Site: Brits Caught Up In Hostage Drama
"Several" British nationals are caught up in a terrorist attack at a gas field in Algeria where workers have been taken hostage.

An Islamist militant group has claimed to have kidnapped up to 41 foreign nationals - including seven Americans and an Irishman in a dawn raid on the gas facility part-operated by BP, Sonatrach (the Algerian national oil company), and Statoil in Algeria.

Three people have reportedly been killed in the attack on the plant situated in the east of the country near the Libyan border.

Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a 45-minute meeting of the Government's crisis committee Cobra on the attack, attended by ministers from the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, as well as officials from other agencies.

His official spokesman said afterwards: "The ongoing incident has involved various nationalities, including several British nationals.

"We are working with BP to support the families of staff and provide consular assistance."
Posted by:tipper

#4  "Bring the war to Paris" > reminds me of an old Dream/Vision of mine where the French Foreign Legion + Gendarmes were seemingly setting up fighting or combat positions inside Paris + France.

I suspect the Hard Boyz made good on their threat to bring the Jihad to France.

Iff Central Africa does fall to Radical Islam, that wil leave formerly British southern Africa -WHAT ARE THE DUTCH DOING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES + THEIR BOER RELATIONS [South Africa] + LOWLANDS [Camelkaze threats to the Zelder Zee], ESPEC IFF FRANCE IS SUCCESSFULLY DESTABILIZED + THE BRITS [post-2014 = England + Wales left] HAVE TO SEND FORCES TO FRANCE INSTEAD OF THE MALVINAS AGZ ARGIE BABE CRISTINA???

Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-01-17 00:12  

#3  at least 41 hostages ... British, American, Norwegian, Japanese, French. The Islamists got a virtual United Nations of oil & gas workers when they took over the living compound inside the BP plant. One way or another this will get resolved ... it's just a question of how many hostages get killed.
Posted by: Raider   2013-01-16 17:00  

#2  good thing we supported that Arab Spring
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-16 13:48  

#1  Update
Algeria: BP Raid Seems Like Revenge For Mali
The raid on the BP gas plant in Algeria looks as if it is linked to the foreign intervention in Mali

Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) warned they would take revenge for the intervention in Mali, saying they would bring the war to Paris.

That may yet happen, but in the short term it looks as if they are on the hunt for Westerners wherever they can find them.

A good place to look is the oil and gas industry, especially in Algeria. The five Japanese hostages taken may just be unlucky enough to be foreigners the hostage takers came across along with those they would prize more highly - Europeans and Americans.
Posted by: tipper   2013-01-16 12:38