Jan 25, 2013

Japan's toll highest in hostage crisis

Japanese nationals accounted for the largest number of foreign hostages killed during last week’s dramatic standoff with Islamic militants in southeastern Algeria, with Tokyo confirming the 10th victim Thursday. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Monday that 37 hostages from eight overseas countries were ...

Jan 24, 2013

Libyan Islamists supplied arms to Algeria hostage-takers

The arms used by militants who seized an Algerian gas plant in a deadly hostage-taking drama came from Libyan rebels who overthrew Moammar Gadhafi last year, an Algerian newspaper reported Wednesday. “The first interrogations of the three terrorists captured by security services have revealed ...

Jan 23, 2013

Algerians grill more JGC locals over attack

Algerian security officials have questioned about 20 local employees of Japanese firm JGC Corp. over last week’s deadly hostage crisis in Algeria, one of the company’s Algerian employees said Tuesday. They were not detained and appear to have been questioned about possible links to ...

JGC workers angered by hostages' deaths

Jan 23, 2013

JGC workers angered by hostages' deaths

Employees of plant engineering firm JGC Corp. as well as relatives and friends of workers expressed anger and dismay after the government confirmed Monday that seven Japanese were killed during the hostage crisis at the Ain Amenas gas complex in Algeria last week. In ...

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Jan 23, 2013

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Algerian authorities are grilling two Algerian kitchen workers who had been serving food to employees of the Japanese company JGC Corp. at a natural gas complex in the Sahara, suspecting the pair provided inside information to the Islamic militants who took scores of foreign ...

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 ...