Algerian death toll passes 80

As the army sifts through the rubble, they are finding more and more bodies of hostages. The current death toll stands at 57 hostages and 32 terrorists with the army still combing the complex looking for additional bodies. Irish Times: Much remains unclear about events after the jihadists staged the attack last Wednesday. However, an Algerian newspaper said they had arrived in cars painted in the colours of state energy company Sonatrach but registered in neighbouring Libya, a country awash with arms since Muammar Gadafy's fall in 2011. The Algerian security source told Reuters that documents found on the bodies of the two militants had identified them as Canadians, as special forces scoured the plant following Saturday's bloody end to the crisis. Veteran Islamist fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of al Qaeda, and an official Algerian source has said the militants included people from outside the African continent, as well as ...(Read Full Post)

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