The attack and subsequent slaughter of non-Muslims is a symbol of the contempt and disrespect the global jihad movement has for the free world and its spineless leader, Obama. They do not fear the stooge in the White House, and they can count on an enemedia to cover for Islamic jihad.
Spokesman For Jihadi Group Al-Muwaqi'un Bi-Dimaa': 36 Hostages, Including Americans, Killed By Algerian Army; One Suicide Attacker Was From Western Country
On January 17, 2013, the news website Sahara Media reported that 36 of the 41 foreign hostages seized by the jihadi group Al-Muwaqi'un Bi-Dimaa at a BP gas plant in southeastern Algeria had been killed in an Algerian army incursion against the facility.
Algeria crisis: 'Captors and hostages die in assault' BBC, January 19, 2013
Algerian troops have ended a siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert killing 11 Islamist militants after they killed seven hostages, Algerian state news agency APS has said.
Details are still unclear. The Algerian army is currently securing the site.
Foreign workers were among the hostages, but the nationalities of the dead are not known.
French President Francois Hollande defended the Algerian response to the crisis as being "the most suitable".
"When you have people taken hostage in such large numbers by terrorists with such cold determination and ready to kill those hostages - as they did - Algeria has an approach which to me, as I see it, is the most appropriate because there could be no negotiation," he told journalists.
UK PM David Cameron confirmed the crisis was over after a phone call with Algerian PM Abdelmalek Sellal.
At a joint news conference earlier with his US counterpart Leon Panetta, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the loss of life was "appalling and unacceptable and we must be clear that it is the terrorists who bear sole responsibility for it".
Mr Hammond said the kidnappers' leaders would be "held to account for their actions".
"The full force of the UK and US and other allied countries will bear down upon them," he added.
The militants had been involved in a stand-off since Thursday after trying to occupy the remote site.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta: "We cannot accept attacks against our citizens abroad"
Details are still sketchy, but unconfirmed reports say the hostage-takers summarily killed the remaining seven hostages before themselves being killed in a final army raid.
At least 19 hostages and 29 hostage-takers in total are now thought to have died in the four-day stand-off.
On Friday, 573 Algerians and about 100 of 132 foreigners working at the plant were freed, Algerian officials said.
At the last count about 30 foreigners remained unaccounted for, including fewer than 10 from the UK.
The chief executive of BP group, which part owns the site, said 14 of its 18 staff were safe.
Bob Dudley said the fate of the other four was still unknown but that the company had "grave fears" for them.
The militants themselves said before the raid that they had been holding seven hostages.
Shortly before reports of the final assault emerged, the leader of the hostage-takers, Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, said the government had to choose between negotiating with the kidnappers and leaving the hostages to die.
He said the area had been booby-trapped and swore to blow up the complex if the Algerian army used force.
Algerian national oil and gas company Sonatrach said the army was now clearing mines planted by the militants.