More hostages killed in Algeria
Algerian security sources have told Reuters that 35 hostages being held at an oil field in Algeria have been killed. Fifteen kidnappers have also been killed, according to Al Jazeera.
On Wednesday, Digital Journal reported that members of the Al-Qaeda linked group Katibat Moulathamine, also known as the Masked Brigade, had attacked a BP gas facility in Algeria, taking 41 foreign nationals working at the facility hostage.
According to an Associated Press report, 9 Norwegian, 7 Americans, at least 3 Japanese nationals and 2 Malaysians were among those captured. One 36-year-old Irishman was also taken hostage. Officials with the British government did not have an exact number of British hostages, instead saying "several" were being held captive. French President Francois Hollande could not give an exact number of French hostages being held. It is believed that 3 Algerians are also being held.
Although details of the reported escapes are still sketchy, Reuters has reported that 25 hostages have been confirmed to have escaped, according to Algerian security forces. According to a BBC report, Algeria's private Ennahar TV channel is saying that 15 hostages have escaped, while dozens have been killed.