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Algeria: Five Brits Taken Hostage, One Killed


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#1    seeder

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Oh dear.

quote:  " At least five Britons have been taken hostage - and one UK national killed - in a terrorist attack at a gas field in Algeria, according to Sky sources.

An Islamist militant group has claimed to have kidnapped up to 41 foreign nationals - including seven Americans and an Irishman - in a dawn raid on the gas facility part-operated by BP, Algerian state oil company Sonatrach, and Norway's Statoil in Algeria.

It also claimed to have repelled an attempt by Algerian soldiers to enter the facility, forcing them to retreat after an exchange of gunfire.

The group is said to be demanding the release of 100 Islamists held in Algeria, in exchange for those being held at the gas field"

http://uk.news.yahoo...7--finance.html


I can just feel the SAS and American special forces putting on their boots for this one....I have a fascination with the special forces, (Skynews live if you have it)

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Edited by seeder, 16 January 2013 - 09:41 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

This is why everyone should carry a gun.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

There's 7 Japanese Nationals, 1 Irish National; a few Brits as you've mentioned. There's also a good lot of French there too (The attack stems from French Militarily involvement in the region in recent weeks) and one french National was killed too.

You could be right about the SAS  being sent in for this one.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

View PostOverSword, on 16 January 2013 - 09:46 PM, said:

This is why everyone should carry a gun.

I'd imagine in countries like that they/we at least have - armed guards, or even small arms for personal use, specially in an African country at an oil site!

I mean that fact alone - must really upset the locals, white man in Africa, at their oil field... and they live in poverty compared to UK and USA

Edited by seeder, 16 January 2013 - 09:52 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

View PostSean93, on 16 January 2013 - 09:50 PM, said:

There's 7 Japanese Nationals, 1 Irish National; a few Brits as you've mentioned. There's also a good lot of French there too (The attack stems from French Militarily involvement in the region in recent weeks) and one french National was killed too.

You could be right about the SAS  being sent in for this one.

I reckon they always get sent in to things like this, regardless, and whether the job comes down to them or other specialists... I bet they are there, somewhere, watching...and probably already..

the only downside is... we either wont know for ten years till another ex SAS  'Andy McNab' type starts writing his books.... or we will get told a 'version' of it on the news.

Gone are the days of much talked about or televised SAS operations like the Libyan Embassy...sadly.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

The news was saying this can be a global crisis... if you want to watch LIVE NEWS on the PC click this

http://news.sky.com/...ates/watch-live

Edited by seeder, 16 January 2013 - 10:06 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

Where are the conspiracy theorists to say the islamists are doing what the banks and CIA have brainwashed them to do?

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

View Postseeder, on 16 January 2013 - 10:03 PM, said:

The news was saying this can be a global crisis... if you want to watch LIVE NEWS on the PC click this

http://news.sky.com/...ates/watch-live
yes because the islamists have already threatened French national thats why Hollande put France in high alert from possible terrorist attacks.

Edited by freetoroam, 16 January 2013 - 10:34 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

I think in BBC news they said that they did have armed guards


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 16 January 2013 - 10:16 PM, said:

yes because the islamists have already every French national thats why Hollande put France in high alert from possible terrorist attacks.

And dont you 'just feel' ..that this world of ours is changing very very rapidly? I mean nations and wars and stuff, not the actual world...

What is everything building up to? (And NO its not an invite for conspiracists)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

View Postseeder, on 16 January 2013 - 10:30 PM, said:

And dont you 'just feel' ..that this world of ours is changing very very rapidly? I mean nations and wars and stuff, not the actual world...

What is everything building up to? (And NO its not an invite for conspiracists)
i am not sure if it is changing as such, wars and the want for power is not new, what is new is the global interventions are much wider now and because of the media we hear about these things a lot faster and  ammo is much more rife too. Big money is being made out of these wars for those involved in the weapons industry.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

I hate to say it but if you are going to work in some countries you might get killed.  Really need to ask yourself if the money is worth it.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:48 AM

Here's another news source.  I hope no more hostages are killed but I can't say the same about the terrorists.

Americans among hostages taken in Algeria attack


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

reports are coming in that as many as 30 hostages have escaped!! Hope thats their ordeal over now. At least if they make it to safety they will have the inside info to give to the special forces

http://www.guardian....s-standoff-live

Edited by seeder, 17 January 2013 - 12:00 PM.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

It seems there has been helicopters and an attack on the compound... this news is JUST in, apparently kidnappers and hostages have been killed in firefight

(Reuters is usually a very reliable source)

- A Mauritanian news agency that has been in constant contact with kidnappers holding dozens of Western hostages in Algeria reported on Thursday that 34 of the captives had been killed in air strikes.

It was not immediately possible to confirm the report by the ANI news agency, which said 14 kidnappers had also been killed in air strikes by the Algerian armed forces, which had surrounded the remote desert gas pumping station where the kidnappers were holed up.

http://uk.reuters.co...E90F1K220130117




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