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Terroristene har stilt krav om å få stilt 20 SUV’er til disposjon og fritt leide. Algerie nekter å forhandle, opplyser Al Jazeera.

Gassanlegget In Amena ligger like nær grensen til Libya.

En talsmann for gruppen krever at Frankrike innstiller intervensjonen i Mali.

 

A spokesperson for the «Masked Brigade», claiming to hold the hostages, said on Wednesday that the operation near the In Amenas field was to punish Algeria for allowing French fight planes to use its airspace in attacking al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups in Mali.

«Forty-one Westerners including seven Americans, French, British and Japanese citizens have been taken hostage,» the spokesperson said.

«The operation was in response to the blatant interference by Algeria and the opening of its air space to French aircraft to bomb northern Mali.»

ANI said the fighters demanded an end to French military operations in return for the safety of the hostages.

Det skal være ca 20 fightere inne på anlegget. Et tredvetall algeriske arbeidere lyktes å rømme torsdag. Man kan bare spekulere på om de ble sluppet løs, eller virkelig flyktet. Det arbeider til enhver tid rundt 700 mennesker på In Amenas-anlegget, opplyser BBC. De har sin egen flystripe like i nærheten. Terroristene startet angrepet med å gå løs å en buss som var på vei til flyplassen.

Algeriske myndigheter sier tvert nei til å forhandle med terroristene.

The interior minister was quoted by official news agency APS as saying: «The Algerian authorities will not respond to the demands of the terrorists and will not negotiate.»

Hundreds of Algerians work at the plant and were taken hostage in the attack, but the state news agency reported that they had gradually been released in small groups, unharmed.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/01/2013116154848726750.html