Algerian kidnapper: jihadist or brigand?

Jan 19, 2013

Algerian kidnapper: jihadist or brigand?

Moktar Belmoktar, the one-eyed Islamist whose men seized dozens of hostages in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field, is a wily desert fox branded as a terrorist by some — but perhaps is just a common brigand. He was born in 1972 ...

Nation's firms lured by Algeria's resources

Jan 18, 2013

Nation's firms lured by Algeria's resources

by Mizuho Aoki

Engineering firm JGC Corp., whose employees are believed to have been taken hostage Wednesday by Islamist militants in Algeria, is just one of many Japanese companies making inroads in the resource-rich country. “In the North African region, Algeria and Libya are the two important ...

Gunmen take hostages at Algeria gas plant, including Japanese

Jan 18, 2013

Gunmen take hostages at Algeria gas plant, including Japanese

Several Japanese employees of Yokohama-based engineering company JGC Corp. were among dozens of foreign workers taken hostage by heavily armed Islamic militants at a natural gas complex in Algeria on Wednesday, the government confirmed. Algerian troops surrounded the Islamists holding the hostages Thursday after ...