22 Hostages Still Missing in Algeria: Report
...as standoff between military, militants continues
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 5:03 AM CST
This Oct. 8, 2012 satellite image shows the Amenas Gas Field in Algeria, which is jointly operated by BP and Norway's Statoil and Algeria's Sonatrach.   (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

(Newser) – After the Algerian military launched an attack on militants holding hostages at a gas field, numbers remain hazy, but Reuters reports that the whereabouts of 22 of those hostages—14 Japanese and eight Norwegians—remain unknown. Algerian special forces continue to surround the site, a local insider tells Reuters, adding that 30 hostages and 11 militants have been killed. The dead include two Britons, two Japanese, and a French national, the source says.

Algerian officials say the number killed is closer to 11 or 12, the Wall Street Journal reports, while the BBC relays Algerian state news reports citing two British and two Filipino victims. Either way, the Algerian raid is stirring controversy among other governments connected to the situation. "Before the raid began, we urged the Algerians to be cautious and strongly encouraged them to make the safety of the hostages their top priority," an Obama administration official tells the Journal. British officials say they haven't been told the military effort is over, the New York Times reports. "The prime minister has advised we should be prepared for bad news," they say. The Times has a profile of the man behind the militants.

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Bartmaeus
Jan 18, 2013 12:15 PM CST
Must rush to save Algeria from the bad men, as Libya was saved from the bad man, by the bad men and the flying knights spewing big bombs at the cities from the stratosphere, as Syria is even now being saved by the bad men, and, of course, being saved as we speak is mineral-rich Mali, being delivered from the bad men who are the same bad men that are saving Syria from the bad man Assad, them erstwhile gallant warriors who had formerly saved Libya from the bad man Gadhaffi, which saving action paved the way for the overruning of Mali by the bad men with the weapons of the bad man Gadhaffi, and which now give the Good Guys of the West (where Freedom and Truth reigns) the oportunity to save Mali and Algeria from the bad men who are otherwise allies of the Good Guys. http://www.globalresearch.ca/by-design-french-mali-invasion-spills-into-algeria/5319313 http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-on-mali-what-you-should-know/5319093 Onward, Gallant Colonialists, purveyors of Light and Peace! And Onward, ye Noble Warriors from the deserts of the 6th century, ye sawers of human heads in the name of Allah!
Imhotep
Jan 18, 2013 9:53 AM CST
Sounds like the Algerians decided to go in with guns blazing, kill everybody and anything that moved and let God sort it out. Probably trying to figure out a story that is believable. Yeah , that's it, the terrorists killed the hostages. Stun Grenades ? White light Grenades ? Night vision googles ? What's that ? We don't need no stink'n grenades.
HANKHILL
Jan 18, 2013 8:12 AM CST
send caliph barak hussein obama!!!!!!!!!!! he will save the day!!!!!!!!!!! he will also stay a few extra days there on vacation!!!!!!!!!!