Algeria gas plant attack
A look back at the hostage standoff through the stories of survivors and a victim's family
CBC News Last Updated: January 16, 2014
On January 16, 2013, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group called the Signers in Blood Battalion took more than 800 people hostage at the Tigantourine gas plant near In Amenas, Algeria, in an attack aimed at foreigners and expats. The remote facility, which produces 10% of the country's natural gas, housed 790 Algerian and 134 foreign workers from 26 countries.
After a tense four-day hostage standoff, Algerian special forces raided the facility in an effort to free the hostages. More than 80 people, including at least 39 foreign workers were killed in the violence. The deadly attack, allegedly masterminded by rogue Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, was a retaliation for Algeria's support of the French miiltary offensive against Islamist insurgents in neighbouring Mali.