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Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the emir of the Those who sign with Blood Brigade, claimed credit for the suicide assault on the In Amenas gas facility under al Qaeda's banner. At least 48 hostages have been killed, and the death toll is expected to rise. Six jihadists have been captured. The overall death toll from the siege has risen to 81.

Belmokhtar claims Algerian raid, slaying of hostages for al Qaeda

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpg"We in al Qaeda announce that we carried out the blessed commando operation," Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the emir of the Those who sign with Blood Brigade, said in a video.

Terror Threat Prompts US Rethink on Africa

Jihadists' Surge in North Africa Reveals Grim Side of Arab Spring

Algerian forces stormed the In Amenas gas facility after jihadists from the 'Those who Sign with Blood Brigade' executed seven hostages. The facility is said to be under Algerian control. An estimated 30 hostages are said to be unaccounted for.

Algerian troops end siege at In Amenas gas facility

Insight: Algerians suspect inside help in hostage raid

Nigerien jihadist identified as commander of Algerian hostage operation

Abdul-Rahman-al-Nigeri .jpgAbdul Rahman al Nigeri is leader of the special operations group in Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Those who Sign with Blood Brigade. He began his career in jihad with GSPC, and then joined al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

On Belmokhtar's group: 'They believe the West is one great Sodom and Gomorrah'

Report: Al Qaeda group demands release of 2 well-known jihadists

The group responsible for the raid on a natural gas field in eastern Algeria has demanded the release of two well-known jihadists: Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a.k.a. the "Blind Sheikh") and Aafia Siddiqui (a.k.a. "Lady Al Qaeda").

Nations fume, quietly, over Algerian hostage raid

Al Qaeda-linked militants holding hostages at a gas field have offered to swap two American captives for two terrorists being held in US jails, including "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman. Some 60 foreigners among the supposed 132 hostages are unaccounted for and feared dead. The Algerian military raid to free the hostages continued for a second day, and 18 militants are said to have been killed. The kidnappers, from the Battalion of Blood and the Movement of the Islamic Youth in the South, warned of more attacks and told locals to stay away from foreign energy companies' facilities.

Jihadist Kingpin Suspected in Hostage Seizure

Algerian troops launched an operation to free 41 hostages being held at a gas facility by an Islamist group called Battalion of Blood; 25 hostages are said to have escaped and six were killed along with eight militants. Other reports say that 34 of the captives and 15 militants have been killed in the rescue attempt. Some 600 Algerian workers fled the site. A report said some hostages are being forced to wear explosives. British and Spanish oil companies are evacuating workers from other Algerian facilities.

Sahara hostage siege turns Mali war global

Al Qaeda-linked group claims credit for kidnappings in Algeria

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar.jpgA terrorist group headed by Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed credit for the raid on a natural gas field in Algeria. Belmokhtar is a longtime Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb commander, but split from the group last year. Belmokhtar's spokesman has said that he still answers to al Qaeda central.

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Algeria to redefine role of mosques

Militants linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attacked a bus carrying workers to the In Amenas refinery, killing a Frenchman and a British national and wounding several other people, then moved on to attack the refinery itself, where they took 41 people hostage. Algerian military forces are attempting to free the hostages; negotiations for their release are ongoing.

How the French got to airstrikes in Mali: A briefing from Bamako