Hostage Crisis

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.

Sunday, 20 January, 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