Militants say over 30 hostages, 15 abductors killed in Algerian copter attack; Unconfirmed, conflicting reports abound; Update: White House condemns ‘terrorist attack’; 30 hostages killed, some freed hostages en route to London

Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press are reporting that 35 foreign hostages held at a natural gas site and 15 captors died in an Algerian military strike.

More from the AP:

Islamist militants have told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex where they are holding hostages, killing 35 of the foreigners and 15 of the kidnappers.

Grain of salt: The report is based on an interview with militant Islamists.

Reuters reports that 34 hostages were killed.

Earlier reports suggested that 20 hostages, including Americans, had escaped.

Other outlets are working to confirm the attack.

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as additional details become available.


The story out of Algeria continues to unfold, with many conflicting and unconfirmed reports:

The confusion continues:

Some great news if true:

The latest numbers:

One hostage’s family tells the BBC he has been freed:

The White House is on it.

Just before 11 a.m. ET, reports surfaced of an explosion.

From Prime Minister David Cameron:

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White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Algeria during today’s briefing.

Gasp! The White House is using the T-word.

More on the unfolding situation:

There are still hostages being held.

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Reuters is reporting Thursday evening that 30 hostages and 11 of their captors are dead in the siege. Some survivors are en route to London on a flight chartered by BP.

  • Love of Country

    Well, without any facts in yet, it wouldn’t surprise me if Barry had something to do with this…. he murders foreigners, some innocent, some guilty, with drones like there’s no tomorrow …. a real Chi-town killer!

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      That’s one thing (possibly the only thing) I won’t fault him for. Drones are cheap and get the job done without risking American soldiers’ lives. Collateral damage — no more than with any operation. Far as I’m concerned, if your idea of fashion is a new dishrag on your head and you have a bad attitude to the world — duck & cover, then give my regards to Mohammed.

      • beebop1952

        Most sovereign nations — not to mention terrorist groups — hate it like hell. So killing foreigners from 30,000 feet okay to who?

        • PennyRobinsonFanClub

          If sovereign nations hate it, let them exterminate their terrorists on their own. Or point them out for us and stand back. But play coy, don’t be all huffy when the high-explosives drop. Doesn’t matter if we’re doing it with drones, F-18s, SEALS, or tanks. Just get it done.

          • Peyton

            So would you be ok with other countries targeting murderers, gangsters, or criminals within our borders that we can’t catch? What if it results in citizens being hit by misplaced explosives?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    But, there’s a video…