… with details continuing to emerge:
Some militants remain holed up in a gas facility in the Algerian desert and are still holding a number of hostages, the Algerian state news agency APS said on Friday.
“(The army) is still trying to achieve a ‘peaceful outcome’ before neutralising the terrorist group that is holed up in the (facility) and freeing a group of hostages that is still being held,” APS said, quoting a security source.
A military operation rescued a total of 650 hostages, 573 of whom were Algerians, APS sai
This follows a botched rescue attempt by Algerian military forces — a situation made worse by the fact that Algeria failed to warn other countries of the efforts in advance:
A rescue mission by Algerian commandos to free captured Americans and other hostages from the clutches of an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group turned into a bloody desert debacle Thursday.
Anywhere from six to three dozen of the captives were reportedly killed when a government chopper attacked a bus packed with prisoners and terrorists as it tried to escape from a natural gas plant deep in the Saharan desert.
The Algerians did not warn the West they were attacking the terrorists.
That left the Brits incensed. … “The Algerian prime minister explained that the situation was very fast-moving and that in the government’s judgment they needed to act immediately,” a British government spokesman told Reuters. “The Algerians are aware that we would have preferred to have been consulted in advance.”