By Aomar Oulai
The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed to at least 81 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said.
By Amal Belalloufi
Algerian troops captured five suspected kidnappers and found the bodies of 25 captives at a remote gas plant on Sunday, a television network said a day after a major hostage crisis ended.
A Japanese engineering firm said Sunday that 10 Japanese and seven foreign workers remained unaccounted for at an Algerian gas plant that was seized by Islamist militants.
US President Barack Obama said Saturday that blame for deaths stemming from a hostage crisis in Algeria lay with the “terrorists” who had earlier taken foreigners captive at a remote gas plant.
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.