Washington Free Beacon
Hostage Crisis in Algeria Includes 7 Americans
Al Qaeda affiliated group claims to have kidnapped 41 foreigners after attack on gas field
Sky News reports that Prime Minister David Cameron held an emergency meeting following news that a hostage crisis is underway at a British Petroleum gas field in Algeria.
According to Reuters, an al Qaeda affiliated group claims to have taken 41 hostages, including seven Americans, Wednesday morning at a British Petroleum gas field:
An al Qaeda affiliated group said the raid had been carried out because of Algeria’s decision to allow France to use its air space for attacks against Islamists in Mali, where French forces have been in action against al Qaeda-linked militants since last week.
The attack in southern Algeria also raised fears that the French action in Mali could prompt further Islamist revenge attacks on Western targets in Africa, where al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operates across borders in the Sahara desert, and in Europe.