Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

US media reacts to ebola scare

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: Center for Disease Control Confirms First Case of Virus in US (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: Center for Disease Control Confirms First Case of Virus in US

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

I will support Hillary Clinton, will.i.am tells France 24

Read more

FOCUS

Germany: Spread of radical Islam propaganda sparks concerns

Read more

ENCORE!

Corrie Nielsen: Up and Coming Talent at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FACE-OFF

French Senate election: A new blow for Hollande

Read more

ENCORE!

Encore's Film Show: Julie Gayet, Denzel Washington, and cartoon madness

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Turkey's strategy towards the Islamic State group

Read more

Africa

Live blog: French national killed in Algeria hostage crisis

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-01-20

Follow the third day of a deadly hostage crisis at a gas plant in southern Algeria as it happened on FRANCE 24’s live blog.

  • On the third day of a tense hostage standoff, Algerian state news agency said nearly 100 of the 132 foreign nationals were freed from the In Amenas gas facility in southeastern Algeria. Of the 650 hostages liberated, 573 were Algerians.
  • About 30 foreign nationals were still unaccounted for, according to the Algerian state news agency.
  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a French hostage was killed in the rescue operation while three others were saved.
  • US officials said one American has died in the hostage standoff, according to the Associated Press.
  • US officials have confirmed that some Americans are still being held hostage in Algeria, but have refused to provide details.
  • Mauritanian ANI news agency said militants are demanding the release of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rehman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving sentence for attempted murder. Both are in US prisons.
  • US officials have refused to “negotiate with terrorists”.

Click below to follow the events as they occurred during the day.

 

 

Date created : 2013-01-18

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    Hostages in Algeria ‘made to wear explosives’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)