Algeria Vows al-Qaeda Crackdown
Says Canadians masterminded raid
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Algerian firemen carry a coffin containing a person killed during the gas facility hostage situation at the morgue in Ain Amenas, Algeria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

(Newser) – Algeria's prime minister yesterday promised that his country would dedicate itself to fighting al-Qaeda in the wake of a disastrous hostage rescue that left 38 workers dead, including three Americans. "There is clear political will" to fight terrorism, Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters. He also said that a Canadian militant had masterminded the takeover of the gas plant, Reuters reports. In other developments related to the raid:

  • The militants used weapons from Libya, most likely raided from Moammar Gadhafi's stockpiles, Algerian officials said. It's another sign, the Wall Street Journal says, of Libya's post-revolution role as an "ammunition supermarket" for militants.
  • The daughter of one of the slain Americans tells a CNN affiliate that he "really, truly felt safe" in Algeria. "He said, 'Nothing's happened there in so long and my friends have been doing it for so long,'" she recalls.
  • Algerian forces are searching the Sahara for five foreign hostages who still haven't been accounted for, the AP reports. "Are they dead? Did they attempt to flee the site after the attack like some other expatriates? Are they lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn? These are all questions we ask ourselves," one officials says.

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Jan 24, 2013 11:41 PM CST
bad bad go to your room! no pork dinner for you. bad bad! algeria is muslim they will just give alqaeda better guns and more ammo!!!!!!!
Jan 24, 2013 9:36 AM CST
Another country of muslims dedicated to telling lies to the Infidels (USA). I don't believe them for one second. The next move in their muslim playbook is to hold out their hands to the US for funds to conduct this alleged fight that never really kills any al-qaeda. Just like Afpornistan, they will probably allow the insurgent leaders to reside there in tranquility.
Jan 22, 2013 6:47 PM CST
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