Militant: 35 hostages die in Algeria raid, 7 live
ALGIERS, Algeria - January 17, 2013 (WPVI) -- Islamic militants have told a Mauritanian news outlet that 35 hostages were killed but seven are still alive after Algerian military helicopters strafed a gas complex deep in the Sahara.
The spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which claimed responsibility for the attack Wednesday on the Algerian gas plant, said Thursday the survivors included three Belgians, two Americans, a Briton and a Japanese citizen.
The information came from the Nouakchott Information Agency, which often carries reports from al-Qaida-linked extremist groups.
The militant spokesman said the kidnappers were attacked by Algerian helicopters as they tried to leave the complex.
Algeria's news agency, citing local police, said four foreign hostages were freed in the operation.
The Algerian government would not immediately comment and the Associated Press could not confirm the information independently.
- 3 frigid days, another weekend storm 15 min ago
- WATCH: Action News Online
- 2013 Troop Greetings
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- On video: Robber dives thru window, attacks clerk
- Woman killed in Germantown was Villanova prof. 49 min ago
- Limo driver charged in wreck that killed newlyweds
- Pa. girl, 18, survives bear attack 9 min ago
- Man shot, killed on Kensington street 51 min ago
- Cab driver carjacked in South Philadelphia
- Mega Millions jackpot climbs; $1M ticket sold in NJ 15 min ago
- Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'; popularity surges 34 min ago
- Fake deaf interpreter crashes Mandela memorial 37 min ago
- Photos: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013 (Photos)
- 3 frigid days, another weekend storm
15 min ago
- Katherine Scott reports on bitter cold...
26 min ago
- Pope Francis 'Person of the Year';...
34 min ago