January 16th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

Attackers kill, injure workers in Algeria; Americans held hostage

By Laura Smith-Spark and Yousuf Basil

Islamists attacked a gas field in eastern Algeria, killing two people and seizing hostages, including Westerners, Algeria's interior minister said Wednesday.

The incident may be linked to France's military support for the government of nearby Mali, according to reports from the region.

The Westerners, accompanied by Algerian security forces, were en route to In Amenas Airport when they were attacked early in the morning by a group of no more than 20 people, the official, Diho Weld Qabliyeh, told Algerian state television. The security forces returned fire, and the attackers withdrew to the base of the petroleum operation, some 3 kilometers away, he said.

Upon arrival at the base, he continued, the attackers "took in a number of Westerners and Algerians - some people told us they were nine, some people told us 12."

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Americans were among the hostages.

Accounts over the number differed.

Read the full CNN.com story here.

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  1. krm1007 ©™

    Re-posted With Intent To Educate Pakistani Muslims. I pose this question to the Pakistanis who often come on this forum to make some idiotic posts. Is shooting a school girl in face terrorism or worse? From my moral perch, terrorizing school girls with guns is the worst form of terrorism for which there should be zero tolerance. Based on this logic and the statistics coming out of CNN today, one can conclude that Pakista, dominated with Sunni culture, is a nation of terrorists. 80% of Shia women in Pakistan or 10 millions have either been raped or groped by Taliban at gun points. This is about half the population of New York city !!! Also, 90% of men in Pakistan or 100 million believe that domestic violence/wife beating is acceptable. This is 1/3 of the US population !!!!! These Sunni muslims make Al Qaeda and Taliban look like choir boys!! No wonder there is so much violence in the region !!!! We as a civilized society need to take immediate action to safeguard the region and the menace emanating from Pakistan. Pakistan is dragging the region down with her nuclear arm race with India. Furthermore, these wife beating, school girls threatening oriented Pakistani muslim men are spread throughout the world and pose a danger to these societies in USA, EU and elsewhere. They are potential sleeper cells of violence, if you will, similar to Al Qaeda. The statistic says 9 out of 10 terrorists were graduated from Pakistani training camps. Shame on Pakistanis for making the world unsafe.

    January 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  2. krm1007 ©™

    I am Pakistani low cast muslim and I am ashamed to be a muslim. Why all muslims have to be terrorists?

    January 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • Bibi Your Master

      Okay . . . sometimes I hate myself because I am ashamed to be a zine-0-ist from israel . . . but I get over it real fast and then I go out and beat up a few palis just for fun. It helps my blood flow . . . yeah, I sometimes feel creepy but that's just the way we are in israel, so don't be too hard on yourself krm1007. We all have our cross to bear . . . come to think of it, if it wasn't for us, Jesus wouldn't have had to carry that cross and the saying, we all have our own cross to bear wouldn't be able to use it . . . .oh well, yeah just suck it up.

      Yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee . . . .we are the zine-0-ists and we rule the world!

      January 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • krm1007 ©™

        no Bibi, you have no clue how bad it is to be a muslim in 2013. I wish my mother had conceived me with even 90 years old Jew, but not with Taliban terrorist.

        January 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  3. Jenny

    CHILD SOLDIERS OF INDIA

    India as a nation is facing a new problem concerning its children- emergence of children as soldiers in strife -torn states of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, AndhraPradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. They are getting drawn into fighting both with rebel groups as well as security forces. What was considered a problem in African countries of Sudan, Sierra Leone and other countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal has become a reality for India too.

    According to human right activists the actual number of children recruited by state or non state groups as soldiers is not as obvious as in other countries but we know there is an increasing number of children being drawn into active combat.These children exposed to war and conflict are one of the most vulnerable groups often forced to witness or perpetrate combat atrocities. They are scarred for life, their childhood shattered.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  4. utrdvbjtrfvjg

    (...)NO, CHINA IS THE BIG BOSS AND THEY DO NOT HAVE PROPER FACIAL HAIR LETS ALL AGREE ON THAT.(...)

    January 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  5. Reposted With Intent To Educate

    I pose this question to the folks on this forum. Is gang raping terrorism or worse? From my moral perch, gang raping is the worst form of terrorism for which there should be zero tolerance. Based on this logic and the statistics coming out of CNN today, one can conclude that India is a nation of terrorists. 20% of women in India or 140 million have either been raped or groped. This is about half the population of USA !!! Also, 60% of men in India or 420 million believe that domestic violence/wife beating is acceptable. This is more than the population of USA !!!!! They make Al Qaeda and Talibans look like choir boys!! No wonder there is so much violence in the region !!!! We as a civilized society need to take immediate action to safeguard the region and the menace emanating from India. India is dragging the region down. Furthermore, these wife beating/domestic violence oriented Indian men are spread throughout the world and pose a danger to these societies in USA, EU and elsewhere. They are potential sleeper cells of violence, if you will, similar to Al Qaeda.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Hamilton Talbot

      I wholly agree with you. What we have witnessed in India is horrific and reflective of a very cruel culture. We have to keep our eyes open in the western world and ensure these men from India dont import that culture to our countries. If they do...deport them immediately.

      January 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  6. Gary

    We in America are appalled at the crimes being committed by people of Indian origin in USA. From Indian doctors raping patients to medical insurance fraud to insider trading etc. We Americans feel that you have not been loyal to the country that welcomed you with open arms but that you let us down.
    Furthermore, with respect to the raping epidemic in India, it is my opinion that such triggers are embedded in Indian culture and Hinduism and is not going to be easily fixed if at all. What bothers me is that none of this bothered the Indian conscience till CNN got hold of the story and decided to publish it as people started exposing such crimes on these comment forums.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  7. No Hindus In My Backyard Please

    TERRORIST GROUPS IN INDIA

    • RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)
    • HINDU MUNNANI
    • ARYA SAMAJ
    • SHIV SENA
    • BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD
    • SANT SAMITI
    • HINDU MAHASABHA
    • BAAJRANG DAL

    LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    January 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy Galant-Sarasota-Florida

      These hindu groups need to be taken down ASAP.Drone these b@@@ds as our assets are closeby

      January 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  8. Franz Klammer

    Another band of terrorists attacks our stuff and our people. Nevertheless, let's pick them up one after the other like the Mossad did after the Munich Olympics. A militarized response would be expensive, provocative and lead to more loss of treasure and people, which is al Quaeda's business model. Al Quaeda will obviously never completely die. If you want to kill every sympathizer you'll have to A-bomb the whole middle East (and Indonesia, too). We must find the strength to ignore their low level attacks and let the Intelligence Services handle this.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Bibi's The Man

      Way to go Franz Klammer . . . .keep up the good work. I agree . . . let murder anyone and everybody who hates us, too!

      We can wipe out the world if we have to and believe me we are smart enough to do it. Our brave murdering mossad can do anything . . . killed J. F. Kennedy . . . .9-11 . . . . U.S.S. Liberty . . . The Lavon Affair in Egypt . . . .Jonathan Pollard. . . .yeah, we can do anything we want and the best part, the part we laugh about the most in tel-aviv is . . . .we have the stu-pud Americans pay for it all.

      Yippi-yi-ya . . . . we are the zine-0-ists and we are the masters of the world.

      January 17, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
  9. uhgghjgh

    (...)LETS ALL AGREE THAT THESE WOULD BE TERRORISTS DO NOT HAVE PROPER FACIAL HAIR.(...)

    January 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  10. fgjkfhdgjfg

    (...)BP IS A BRITISH CORPORATION-LARGE PUBLICALY TRADED CORPORATIONS HAVE THE INFASTRUCTURE TO DEAL WITH ANY REQUESTS/COMPLAINTS THEIR EMPLOYEES MAY HAVE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEER(...)

    January 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  11. krm1007 ©™

    it's time we muslims franchise this kidnapping and killing business I like to copy right and open up couple of TERRORISTS-R-US stores !!!!

    January 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  12. fgjkfhdgjfg

    (...)I BELIVE THE HOSTIGE TAKERS HAVE PIRATED A PUBLICALY TRADED OIL PLANT AND NEED TO MAKE ANY REQUESTS THEY MIGHT HAVE OF THE CORPORATION THEY HAVE OVER-RUN & WHOS EMPLOYEES THEY MAY HOLD(...)

    January 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  13. fgjrtftjg

    (...)LETS ALL AGREE THAT THE HOSTIGE TAKERS ARE TERRORISTS(...)

    January 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  14. fghukfghfghj

    TERRORISTS WITHOUT COUNTRY CANNOT MAKE POLITICAL REQUESTS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT A RECOGNIZED GOV. AND BECAUSE THEY DONT HAVE A COUNTRY THEY DO NOT HAVE REPRESENTATION TO WORK THROUGH–IF THEY HAVE A COUNTRY THEN PROVE IT.

    January 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  15. John

    Why isn't this on the headlines of the cnn website? I thouhgt Obama stopped Al Queda?

    January 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      To answer you question John, is the simple fact that the right-wing news media wants us to think that we're "winning" the so-called "war on terrorism". All Al Qaeda has to do nowadays is to just simply survive. At any rate, we need to stay out of Mali and let the French handle that situation there and just mind our own business.

      January 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  16. Portland tony

    Here's just another example of what our stupid foreign policy can do! I guess that the right-wing fanatics in Washington won't have enough sense to negotiate with these people whom we call "militants"!

    January 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • More Proof We Own You

      CNN get her out of her portland tony . . . .she is going against our foreign policy.

      portland tony is the worst kind of troll.

      do something cnn and get portland toni out of here.

      do what you do best cnn-sorship!!!

      How do you like it toni?

      January 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  17. saeed

    this is a great gift now they should kill the rest slay down the irish british spanish and french vermin.

    January 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      When you wish bad on someone most likely something bad will happen to you.

      January 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply

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