Algeria Raid Kills 37 Hostages
Islamist attackers came from many countries, authorities say, including 2 Canadians
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 3:00 AM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2013 9:44 AM CST
The aftermath of the hostage crisis at the remote Ain Amenas gas facility in Algeria.    (AP Photo/Algerie TV )

(Newser) – The hostages weren't the only Westerners involved in the Sahara gas plant crisis, according to Algerian authorities. Security sources say two Canadian Islamists were among the attackers found dead after the crisis came to a bloody end, Reuters reports. Authorities say the militants, who claimed the attack on behalf of al-Qaeda, included people from other African and Arab countries.

At least 37 foreign hostages, hailing from eight different countries, died during the raid, Algeria's prime minister announced today, according to the New York Times. Five more remain unaccounted for. Among the dead are at least two Americans, the AP reports; seven other Americans made it to safety. Twenty-nine militants were also killed in the attack.

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Imhotep
Jan 21, 2013 8:56 PM CST
Good to hear that the Algerian military also killed some terrorists during their frenzied shooting spree. Not sure why they missed some of those hostages.
Libris_Fidelis
Jan 21, 2013 1:20 PM CST
The death toll is now approaching 90 now that fresh graves have been discovered, plus about 40 Islamist killers the military team killed. While this is a clear case of terrorism, we should consider this as a sort of Islamist political para-military organized crime syndicate rather than as the "catch-word" of "al Qaeda" which I trulythink is being way over-used.
gtbeat
Jan 21, 2013 11:06 AM CST
We will not negotiate with terrorist