Siege leader warned Algerian army he’d kill hostages



This image released on January 18, 2013 by the SITE Intelligence Group and credited to the ANI Mauritanian news agency shows Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, a Nigerian fighter close to al-Mulathameen Brigade leader Moktar Belmoktar. Al-Nigeri is man reprotedly leading the hostage-taking operation at the BP oil facility in In Aménas, Algeria, according to the press release from SITE. AFP PHOTO / SITE Intelligence Group / ANI

WASHINGTON- The apparent leader of a commando group that took hundreds of gas workers hostage in Algeria warned in a recording broadcast Saturday that he would blow them up if the army got too close.

In the audio recording, broadcast by the Malian news agency ANI, Al-Mulathameen Brigade commander Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri of Niger spoke late Thursday as the Algerian military surrounded his fighters’ position at a BP oil plant deep in the Sahara desert at In Amenas.

At the time, Algerian soldiers had already mounted an assault that had killed a number of kidnappers and hostages. Nigeri said that half of the fighters and 35 hostages were killed, while the Algerian authorities had cut off ground communications.

“Some of the hostages are still alive and they are being held by some of the brothers in the gas factory. Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah,” he said in the recording, according to a translation by the US-based SITE Monitoring Service.

“By Allah, we will blow them up if the Algerian army gets close to us.”

Nigeri said Algerian forces had cut off the militants’ communications network, including satellite phones.

Algerian troops stormed the plant earlier Saturday to end the hostage crisis that left 23 foreigners and Algerians dead, seven of them executed by their captors in a final military assault.

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  • Rosauro

    You kill people without reason and you want Allah to be on your side. If truly Allah is with you, then he is not god but a demon.

  • otepau68

    These are the type of people that give Islam religion a bad name. It is no longer a surprise that many people around the world connect such religion to terrorism, civil unrest, murder, kidnapping, hatred for other people & some barbaric acts. They can no longer be trusted.

  • mr

    Praise your devil extremist Muslims and Al-Qaeda. These are the kind of people that do not deserve to live and must be eradicated from the face of the earth and meet their creator, allah, whoever devil he is.

    • rinom

      allah is the god of pagan religion in the time of their prophet. allah is their idol and graven image and has more followers in the region, so their prophet make allah as their god. in Pilipino, allah is their anito.

  • wawa2172

    Islam is a damage religion as its believers believes that killing people is an act that Allah will give them praises. Worse they kill  the hostages many of whom are working for their families away from home. The islamist who made the hostages their human shield are bunched of cowards. They should fought the Algerian army face to face in gun battle. Are the devil’s mind of the hostages takers a result of how Islamic doctrine are thought to them? Is Allah  a god of peace who respect human lives? If what happened in Mali could be a gauge of Islamic belief and if I have to choose between that religion and being a believer of Confucius then I would choose the later as his philosophy never confused me. 

    • rinom

      allah is the greatest of all the idols in Arabian desert in the days of their prophet. he selected allah the name of their god among the 35 names of god/idols to unite his people to fight against the God of the bible. I think allah is the moon god originally.

  • Eric

    The Muslim leaders, whoever they are, should be more vocal against violent acts of Islamic extremists. They need to use their influence to quell these evil efforts.

  • Rovingmoron

    Lack of security led the terrorists to get inside the natural gas plant. That’s how lax the security was in that part of the world.

  • Albin

    Dapata ang mga muslim leaders, includeing from the Philippines, should condemn the hostage-taking. Wala eh.

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