The world is becoming a nastier place day by day. It sucks that everyday people are paying the price for governments waging war and militant group bent on revenge. Today in Algeria, 25 foreign hostages escaped and six killed when Alergian forces launched an operation to free them from a remote desert gas plant. Mohamed Said, an Algerian government spokesman, stated that Thursday evening the operation was still ongoing and many of the terrorist have been killed. Three more people have been freed by the army as the operation continues after dark according to a local source (source Reuters). The standoff begain when the Battalion of Blood stormed the gas facility on Wednesday morning taking 41 foreigners hostage and demanding the halt of French military operation against al Queda linked Islamist militants in Mali. The raid increases fears that more of these attacks will occur as Algeria is just recovering from conflict with Islamist rebels in the 90s that cost 200,000 lives. The incident only raised the stakes for the French military campaign in neighboring Mali, as French President Francois Hollande said “What is happening in Algeria justifies all the more the decision I made in the name of France to intervene in Mali in line with the U.N. charter.” The exact number and nationalities of foreign hostages could not be confirmed but some countries include: Britain, United States, Norway, Japan, and Spain.
However, the concern of all countries involved is that the French action in Mali could cause backlash worse than the initial threat. The militants through contacts with media in Mauritania stated that they have men with mortars and anti-aircraft missiles in the compound and have rigged it to explode. “We hold the Algerian government and the French government and the countries of the hostages fully responsible if our demands are not met, and it is up to them to stop the brutal aggression against our people in Mali,” read one statement carried by Mauritanian media. They condemned the Algerian government for letting French warplanes fly over to Mali and shutting the borders to Malian refugees.