» 01/25/2013, 00.00
LIBYA - ALGERIA - MALI
As Muslim terrorists threaten attacks in Benghazi, Westerners flee
Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia urge their citizens to leave the Libyan city because of possible reprisals over French action in Mali. Various Jihadists groups have formed an alliance in North Africa with bases in southern Libya and Mali.
22/01/2013 ALGERIA - ISLAM
Hostages draped with explosives, used as human shields, killed without reason
The official death toll now stands at 38 hostages (37 foreigners) and 29 terrorists killed. Two of the terrorists were Canadian, one of them coordinated the attack. "I couldn't die because I have four kids to take care of," a Filipino survivor said. A power struggle within the terrorist camp is one of the reasons for the action.
Dozens of hostages in the hands of Algerian Islamists linked to al Qaeda and the war in Mali
Among the 41 hostages there are 7 Americans, 5 Japanese, 9 Norwegians, French, Irish, Austrian. The group wants the release of 100 militants from the Algerian prisons and an end to the intervention of France in Mali. Fears of Islamist attacks in Europe. Algerian forces launch a military operations to rescue the hostages.
Algerian army in bloody raid to free the hostages. Number of killed and missing unclear
Local news agencies claim 600 Algerians and four foreigners were released, many governments confirm that some compatriots were released and repatriated. Tokyo say three Japanese are free, but the fate of the other 14 are unknown. International diplomats have criticized the decision of Algiers: the raid went ahead without any consultation.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan kidnapped: he had denounced arms smuggling in Libya
The kidnapping occurred this morning at dawn. Groups of former rebels, who now are paid by the Defence and the Interior Ministry suspected. Zeidan was concerned that Libya was becoming the basis for the smuggling of arms to Africa and Syria.
About a hundred Chinese and Algerians battle it out in Algiers
An altercation leads to a furious brawl with knives and rods. The incident is a sign of the difficulties the two groups have in living side by side. The Chinese are active in the country but often take away jobs from locals.
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