The Algerian hostage crisis ended today with the Algerian troops storming a gas plant to end a crisis that killed 23 foreigners and Algerians. Seven of them were executed by their Islamist kidnappers in a military attack. 21 hostages had died during the siege when the Al-Qaeda gunmen attacked the In Amenas facility in the Sahara desert.
32 kidnappers were also killed, and the special forces managed to free 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners. The kidnappers led by Algerian Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a former Al-Qaeda commander, killed a Briton and an Algerian before taking hundreds hostage at the gas plant.
Belmokhtar’s “Signatories in Blood” group had been demanding an end to the French military intervention against jihadists in neighbouring Mali. As experts began to clear the bombs planted by the Islamists, residents of In Amenas had a sigh of relief.