Terrorist Group Holding Americans Hostage In Algeria

BP Plant In Algeria (AP)

Last year the Obama administration declared that the war on terror was over. I guess they didn’t run that by the terrorists before making such an absurd claim. As we see over and over again, Al Qaeda and their affiliates are very much alive. Today we’re seeing it again, as an Al Qaeda affiliated group is holding American hostages in Algeria.

An Al Qaeda-linked group from Mali has attacked and taken control of a natural gas field partly owned by BP in southern Algeria, taking at least three Americans hostage, a senior intelligence official tells Fox News.

A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or the Masked Brigade, called a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its subsidiaries had carried out the operation on the Ain Amenas gas field, taking 41 hostages from nine or 10 different nationalities. They claim they are holding seven Americans.

The group’s claim could not be independently substantiated and typically there would be fewer than 20 foreign staff members on site on a typical day, along with hundreds of Algerian employees.

The group said the attack was in revenge for Algeria’s support of France’s operation against Al Qaeda-linked Malian rebels groups far to the southeast. (Read More)

BP confirmed that the site was under attack and occupied by “unidentified armed people” holding personnel hostage.