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25 foreign hostages, including 2 Japanese, escape Algeria siege

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The Algerian government stated yesterday that they don't negotiate with hostage-takers. I guess they were true to their word.

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Recent reports are that an Algerian military operation has led to 14 terrorists being killed... and 34 hostages. Check this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21063370

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The news is sketchy at the moment I would wait for an official announcement since it seems nobody has their facts straight yet.

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They then asked Japanese often get taken...

They do? That's news to me.

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Reuters, France 24, Al Jazeera, etc are reporting 35 hostages were killed by the people who were suppose to save them.

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Jesus. My bro-in-law works for the Japanese company involved here. He was due to fly out to Algeria tomorrow..

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Disinformation coming out from different channels. The end story is likely to be something else.

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The Algerian government was reported as saying two Filipinos and two British hostages had been killed.

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More than a few were tourists in very dangerous areas.

Tourists visiting an industrial plant ? All the French and the Algerians employed by a French company (=most hostages) were there for work. The area was isolated, but not dangerous.... so far.

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Details of how they escaped remain unclear at this time. Wouldn't be surprised if the SAS are involved in this.

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Did they escape or were they rescued? The article states the place was stormed. Will have to dig around on the net for more info.

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Yeah sadly for Families but Algerian Special Forces have a reputation of not trying to negotiate nor try to rescue, they just wipe terrorists out and have been doing so since 1995, they have a very simplistic strategy: "Hey if we show them we just dont care about hostages, who would one to try to take some?"

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Seems my previous comment is now pointless. According to the BBC news site 4 people have been freed so far and it was Algerian forces that made the move. BP being British with British nationals involved its a shame the Algerian government didn't leave this to the UK special forces (SAS & SBS). Would of been a better outcome.

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Nigel, compared to other nations, it seemed like they do - when you look at lack of involvement in things, numbers abroad, workers... They listed more than a handful of examples.

I guess the operative word there is "seemed".

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Nigel, compared to other nations, it seemed like they do - when you look at lack of involvement in things, numbers abroad, workers... They listed more than a handful of examples.

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Just watching the new here and they were listing the numbers of Japanese taken. More than a few were tourists in very dangerous areas. They then asked Japanese often get taken... How about easy targets and the fact that Japan often pays?!?!

I hope for the best ending here but it doesn't seem like like a great one.

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I suppose death is an escape. :P

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