Brits and other westerners safety can never be guaranteed and is always at risk when in any Muslim dominated nation. Islamic savages don’t care if your holidaying or working there. They don’t care that your nothing to do with the government. Neither do they care that you absolutely nothing to do with whatever issue they are vexed about this week or even from that country in fact, and there’s always something they aren’t happy about. To their Islamic blood thirsty minds you are just another infidel whom they despise and fair game. Your either with them or against them.All they need is the slightest excuse to enter Islamic barbarian mode. Like the Muslim jihadists in Algeria who because France got involved in Mali, decided to attack a BP plant in Algeria and kidnap 41 including Brits and Americans. Uncomfirmed reports claim 1 British national was killed during the attack.
British national ‘killed in Algeria kidnapping at gas plant’
“Several” British nationals have been caught up in a terrorist attack on an oil facility in Algeria, Downing Street said today.
UK sources were unable to confirm local reports that one Briton has died in the incident, at a BP oilfield near the border with Libya.
An Islamist militant group has claimed to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners – including seven Americans – in a dawn raid on the facility in retaliation for France’s intervention in neighbouring Mali.
But the situation on the ground remains unclear and it is thought that authorities fear the number involved may be even higher.
Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a 45-minute meeting of Whitehall’s Cobra emergency committee today, at which ministers were updated on the developing situation.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Cameron’s official spokesman said: “The ongoing incident has involved various nationalities, including several British nationals.
“We are working with BP to support the families of staff and provide consular assistance.”
Heavily armed gunmen in vehicles are reported to have stormed the energy site in In Amenas, in the east of the African country, at around 2am, taking a group of up to 20 international workers hostage.
It is understood at least some of the captive workers were being kept in their own living quarters at the compound and were being allowed access to telephone and email.
The natural gas complex is a joint venture of BP, Norway’s Statoil and the Algerian Sonatrach company.
Mr Cameron’s spokesman declined to give precise details of the numbers of Britons believed to be involved in what he said was a “highly sensitive” situation, or whether any of them have been kidnapped or injured.
He was unable to confirm reports from Algeria’s official news agency APS, attributed to provincial authorities, that a Briton was among two people killed in the attack, with the other fatality understood to be French.
Mr Cameron will speak to his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal later today.
Downing Street said that it was “too early to speculate” on the motive for the attack, or whether it was linked to French support – backed by the UK – for Mali’s government in its fight against Islamist forces which have occupied the north of the country.
The Foreign Office said UK workers are involved in the incident but officials could not confirm reports of the killing.
A 36-year-old Irishman is among the group of workers taken hostage in the early hours by a group claiming to be al Qaida but is believed to be unharmed.
Ireland’s Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) Eamon Gilmore has called for the immediate release of the Irish hostage.
“The Government stands ready to use all the resources available to us to ensure that our citizen is released as soon as possible,” he said.
“I would ask that the family be allowed privacy at this difficult time.”
A news agency in the Saharan state of Mauritania was contacted by the militant group Katibat Moulathamine – “The Masked Ones” – with a claim that today’s attack was carried out by one of its affiliates, identified as “Those who sign their names in blood”.
A spokesman for the Katibat told the Sahara Media Agency that 41 Westerners of nine or 10 nationalities had been taken hostage, including seven Americans.
Five foreigners were being held in a factory, while 36 others were in living quarters at the plant, claimed the spokesman, who said the action was carried out in retaliation for Algeria allowing France to use its airspace to carry out raids on northern Mali.
The Algerian Interior Ministry said in a statement that three vehicles carrying heavily armed men attempted to ambush a bus carrying employees from the plant to the airport of In Amenas early this morning, but the attackers were driven off.
“After their failed attempt, the terrorist group headed to the complex’s living quarters and took a number of workers with foreign nationalities hostage,” said the statement.
“The forces of the People’s National Army and security services arrived at the scene and immediately took all necessary measures to make the area secure and seek a rapid resolution of the situation, which is being very closely followed by the national authorities.”
BP said in a statement that there was “an ongoing security incident” at the In Amenas gas field, about 1,300km from the capital Algiers. The facility was “attacked and occupied by a group of unidentified armed people” at about 5am UK time, said the company.
BP said: “Contact with the site is extremely difficult, but we understand that armed individuals are still occupying the In Amenas operations site.
“Our absolute priority is the safety and security of our staff. The site is normally manned by staff and contractors from the joint venture.
“We do not yet have confirmed information on the status of personnel at the site but believe some are being held by the occupiers.
“We are attempting to get confirmed information at the moment as to whether there have been any injuries to personnel at the site.
“We do not have confirmed information on the identity or intention of the people occupying the site.”
BP said it had activated its emergency response system and was contacting relatives of its people on the site.
The attack happened as EU foreign ministers were preparing to meet tomorrow in Brussels to discuss plans to send a 400-strong military training mission to Mali.
Europe Minister David Lidington said that Britain could make a “small contribution” to the mission but stressed that it would not be involved in combat operations.
“The EU training mission is an entirely distinct initiative from the French-led military response,” he told a Commons committee on Europe, adding that it would terminate after 15 months.
“It remains a clearly bound and time-limited project. It is not ill-defined or prone to mission creep.
“The training mission is not mandated to take part in combat.”