Gaddafi's wife and three children 'flee Algeria'

Aisha Gaddafi. Photo: Reuters

Officials confirmed the late dictator's second wife, Safia, daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Muhammad had fled the upmarket coastal region of Staoueli, close to Algiers, where they had lived since escaping from Libya in 2011.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 3:27am

Algeria vows to fight al-Qaeda after 38 workers killed

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would increase its help to Algeria’s intelligence and security forces. Photo: Reuters

Algeria’s prime minister accused a Canadian of co-ordinating last week’s raid on a desert gas plant and, praising the storming of the complex where 38 mostly foreign hostages were killed, he pledged to resist the rise of Islamists in the Sahara.

22 Jan 2013 - 11:32am

Algeria desert siege death toll may rise as missing sought

Hostages put their hands in the air at the In Amenas gas facility in this still image taken from video footage taken last week. Photo: Reuters

Governments scrambled on Sunday to track down missing nationals after the bloody end to a gas plant siege in the Sahara that saw Islamists kill at least 23 foreigners and Algerians, mostly hostages, as Algiers feared the toll may rise.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippine hostages fly home after Algerian crisis

Hostages are seen with their hands in the air at the In Amenas gas facility in this still image taken from video footage taken last week. Photo: Reuters

The Philippines said on Sunday that 52 of its nationals had been accounted for in Algeria following the hostage crisis at a remote gas plant, but it was still not known whether any Filipinos had died.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Algeria hostage crisis comes to an end, dozens killed in final assault

Algerian soldiers secure the airport in In Amenas before the departure of freed hostages. Photo: Xinhua

Algerian troops stormed a remote gas plant Saturday to end a hostage crisis that killed 23 foreigners and Algerians, seven of them executed by their Islamist captors in a final military assault.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:23pm

Gunmen 'kill 7 hostages' amid final shoot-out

In Amenas in the Sahara desert. Islamist captors had demanded a prisoner swap and end to French military action in Mali. Photo: AFP

Islamist gunmen killed seven foreign hostages in Algeria yesterday before being gunned down by special forces in a final assault on a remote desert gas complex, state television said.

20 Jan 2013 - 7:13am

Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloodshed

File photo of the gas field in Amenas, Algeria. Photo: Reuters

Islamists killed all seven of their remaining foreign captives on Saturday before being gunned down at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, state media said, ending one of the bloodiest international hostage crises in years.

20 Jan 2013 - 12:44am

Algeria's deadly raid aimed to crush Islamists, not save hostages

Video grab from Ennahar TV, filmed in June last year and released Friday, shows Algerian soldiers in an undisclosed location. Photo: AFP

Hardened by its decades-old struggle with Islamists, Algeria's paramount concern in launching its deadly mission against al-Qaeda-linked hostage-takers was to crush them, not to save lives, analysts said.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:43am

15 burned bodies found at Algeria gas plant:source

Roadblocks prevent the access of the Tigentourine gas plant where hostages have been kidnapped by islamic militants. Photo: AP

Algerian special forces on Saturday found 15 burned bodies at the desert gas plant attacked by al Qaeda-linked fighters, a source familiar with the unfolding hostage crisis there said.

An investigation was in progress to try and identify the bodies, which were found after the Algerian army launched an operation to free dozens of foreign and Algerian workers at the gas plant.

19 Jan 2013 - 8:02pm

Foreigners still trapped in Sahara hostage crisis

An Algerian military truck drives past a road sign indicating the city of Ain Amenas where hostages have been kidnapped by islamic militants at a gas plant. Photo: AP

More than 20 foreigners were captive or missing inside a desert gas plant on Saturday, nearly two days after the Algerian army launched an assault to free them that saw many hostages killed.

19 Jan 2013 - 10:43am

Survivor Alexandre Berceaux and others tell of terrifying ordeal

An Algerian guard gestures at the main entrance of a hospital in In Amenas, as people wait to know the fate of their relatives who were taken hostage by Islamist militants in a gas facility. Photo: Reuters

Many of them had explosives wrapped around their necks. Others hid, petrified, under beds, in gaps above ceilings or wherever they could for nearly two days.

The ordeals suffered by workers caught up in the hostage drama at an Algerian gas field began to emerge yesterday as the first survivors to make contact with friends and family started to tell their horrifying stories.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Algerian gas field kidnappers demand prisoner swap

Algerian minister Youcef Yousfi visits a freed Filipino hostage in an Algiers clinic. Photo: EPA

Islamist hostage-takers at a remote Algerian gas field yesterday demanded a prisoner swap and an end to the French military campaign in Mali, a report said, as 30 foreigners were reported still missing in the worst international hostage drama for years.

The APS news agency said special forces had freed more than 670 hostages, among them 573 Algerians and around 100 foreigners.

19 Jan 2013 - 6:44am

Algerian army frees 650 hostages, including 70 foreigners

The remote In Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where the terrorist attack took place and the hostages were taken. Photo: AP /DigitalGlobe

The Algerian army’s rescue operation has freed nearly 650 hostages, including around 70 foreigners, who had been seized by Islamist gunmen at the In Amenas gas plant.

18 Jan 2013 - 9:51pm

Hostages die in Algerian desert rescue attempt

Newspaper headlining 'Terrorist attack and kidnapping in In Amenas' in Algiers. Photo: AP

Six foreign hostages and eight of their captors were killed when Algerian forces fired on a vehicle being used by besieged gunmen at a gas plant in the remote Algerian desert yesterday, a local source said.

18 Jan 2013 - 6:14am

Algeria army kills 34 hostages, 15 kidnappers: news agency

Picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows vehicles parked at the In Amenas gas field. Photo: AFP

An Algerian air strike killed 34 hostages, some of them Westerners, and 15 of their Islamist kidnappers at a desert gas field on Thursday, the ANI news agency quoted a spokesman for the kidnappers as saying.

“Thirty-four hostages and 15 kidnappers were killed in an (air) raid by the Algerian army,” the spokesman said in remarks that have not been independently confirmed.

17 Jan 2013 - 10:55pm