Deadly Algeria Hostage Crisis Not Over, Toll Murky
An Algerian military raid to free hostages from at least 10 countries and wipe out their Islamist militant captors unleashed bloody chaos at a remote Sahara natural gas complex, and the British government said Friday the operation was not yet over.
The fate of the fighters and many of the captives remained uncertain amid dueling claims from the Algerian military and the Islamists. Leaders around the world whose citizens were kidnapped by the militants expressed strong concerns about how Algeria was handing the situation.
Algeria’s government said the raid was over late Thursday night. But both Britain’s Foreign Office and U.S. officials said Friday the desert conflict with the terrorists was “ongoing.”
Manuel Valls, France’s interior minister, said the situation remained murky.