This is the real Jihad, ISLAMIC Jihad, despite what the stealth jihadists of CAIR keep trying to tell you.
NY Times Algerian TV showed photographs purported to be of a number of hostages who were killed after Algerian military gunships destroyed a number of vehicles they were being transported in by their hostage takers during the hostage crisis at the natural gas plant in In Amenas, Algeria.
Officially, Algerian authorities have claimed that 107 foreigners and 680 Algerians survived, while 23 hostages and 32 hostage-takers from an Al-Qaeda linked militant group were reported killed. However, a number of foreign nationals including British and Japanese citizens remain unaccounted for.
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The four-day hostage crisis in the Sahara reached a bloody conclusion on Saturday as the Algerian Army carried out a final assault on the gas field taken over by Islamist militants, killing most of the remaining kidnappers and raising the total of hostages killed to at least 23, Algerian officials said.
Although the government declared an end to the militants’ siege, the authorities believed that a handful of jihadists were most likely hiding somewhere in the sprawling complex and said that troops were hunting for them.
What little information trickled out was as harrowing as what had come in the days before, when some hostages who had managed to escape told of workers being forced to wear explosives. They also said that there were several summary executions and that some workers had died in the military’s initial rescue attempt.
On Saturday, Algerian officials reported that some bodies found by troops who rushed into the industrial complex were charred beyond recognition, making it difficult to distinguish between the captors and the captured. Two were assumed to be workers because they were handcuffed.
Whatever the goal, the message of the militant takeover of the gas complex, in a country that has perhaps the world’s toughest record for dealing with terrorists, seemed clear, at least to Algerian officials: the Islamist ministate in northern Mali, now under assault by French and Malian forces, has given a new boost to transnational terrorism. The brigade of some 32 Islamists that took the plant was multinational, Algerian officials said — with only three Algerians in the group.
A Mali-based Algerian jihadist with ties to Al Qaeda, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, has claimed responsibility through spokesmen — and is blamed by the Algerians — for masterminding the raid.