'Numerous' Bodies Found at Algerian Gas Plant
Officials demining facility today find new bodies they say are unidentifiable
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 20, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Algerian special police unit officers guard the entrance of an hospital located near the gas plant where hostages have been kidnapped by Islamic militants, in Ain Amenas, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.   (Anis Belghoul)

(Newser) – Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies today as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. "The bodies could be either Algerian or foreign hostages," he said. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Algerian special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the Sahara desert yesterday to end the standoff, and the government said all 32 militants were killed. Algeria's chief government spokesman had earlier said he feared the toll of hostages—which stood at 23 yesterday—would rise as the special forces teams finished their search.

He said the militants came from six countries and were armed to cause maximum destruction. Sonatrach, the Algerian state oil company running the Ain Amenas site along with BP and Norway's Statoil, said the entire refinery had been mined. "They had decided to succeed in the operation as planned, to blow up the gas complex and kill all the hostages," said Communications Minister Mohamed Said.

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bewilderbeast
Jan 21, 2013 4:42 AM CST
"The bodies could be either Algerian or foreign hostages" Aint that the truth. When dead we're all homo sapiens.
Douglas43
Jan 20, 2013 12:25 PM CST
The New Political Media Party must have gotten this story all wrong...it couldn't have been Islamist...they must have meant the GOP, or the Far Right Group lead by ex-president Bush. If O sees this article he will have this papers butt...so please for your sake and the tax dollars it will cost for O to fly in and correct you foolish people for suggesting Islamist could do anything like this...good thing you didn't suggest Muslim Islamist. Boy would the sparks fly then...O couldn't get his man Holder to write another of his own laws fast enough to slap this paper with finds, tickets and maybe even prison. But now that the question Holder has come up...check to see if any of Holders Guns from his last Gun Running efforts had made it to Africa yet, and can be found next to any of the dead bodies found?? We already know about all the Dead Mexicans and Border guards that were killed with O's and Holders last Gun sales...but it would help to see just how far this Guns have made it around the World...4000 AK-47's and AR-15's are a lot of Guns in the Hands of Lawless Criminals!
YouLikeDont
Jan 20, 2013 12:05 PM CST
You work for the BP devil, and this is what happens.