|arya||Date: Saturday, 19-January-2013, 10:44 AM | Message # 1|
Much remains unclear in the ongoing hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria, now ringed with tanks and troops.
What we do know is the Algerian army says it went in fast, without consulting foreign embassies, to prevent the large numbers of foreign workers being taken out of the country.
The numbers of dead since the crisis began on Wednesday cannot be confirmed.
Thursday's army assault was partially successful. Nearly 600 Algerian and 100 of the estimated 132 foreign hostages are free.