5 Arrested in Algeria Crisis; Death Toll at 81
Mali-based terrorist takes responsibility for attack
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2013 4:49 PM CST
In this image made from video, a group of people believed to be hostages kneel in the sand with their hands in the air at an unknown location in Algeria.   (AP Photo/Ennahar TV)

(Newser) – Officials in Algeria have arrested five suspects in the Algerian gas-plant hostage crisis that left at least 81 people dead, report the BBC and AP. All five are members of an Islamist group, according to a private TV channel, and Algerian officials say each hailed from one of six different countries in Africa and the Arab world. A website in Mauritania claims that terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar is behind the attack, and recorded a video saying he would negotiate if operations were halted against Islamists in Mali.

The death toll climbed to 81 today as Algerian forces scoured the refinery for explosives—but many bodies were so disfigured that troops couldn't identify them as militants or hostages. The militants "decided to succeed in the operation as planned, to blow up the gas complex and kill all the hostages" when troops launched a final assault to end the four-day siege, said an Algerian official.

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Pointy_1
Jan 20, 2013 10:50 PM CST
Would be nice if you knew what you were trying to say. I find it best not to use words that I do not understand & cannot understand the sentence in which they are used. fugue (fyg)n.1. Music An imitative polyphonic composition in which a theme or themes are stated successively in all of the voices of the contrapuntal structure.2. Psychiatry A pathological amnesiac condition during which one is apparently conscious of one's actions but has no recollection of them after returning to a normal state. This condition, usually resulting from severe mental stress, may persist for as long as several months.
Stainless
Jan 20, 2013 6:11 PM CST
glad to see you don't fuque with the Algerians!!!! Not like the USA! Compromise! Yeah -- shit!!!