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Captured Tunisian terrorist Abu Talha Tounsi told investigators that the attack on the Id Amenas gas facility was facilitated with logistical help from Islamists in Mali and Libya, and Egyptian Abu Bakr. Former BP driver 'Al Mandjal' guided the attackers to the facility; authorities are looking for him.

An Algiers court postponed the trial of former al Qaeda emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who claimed the recent assault on the Id Amenas gas field. He and nine other defendants, including Abu Zeid, whose forces seized the Malian town of Diabaly, will be tried in absentia in March. The African Union is considering training extra forces to combat Islamist terror threats, expanding counterterrorism laws, and improving information-sharing between governments.

Some Algeria Attackers Are Placed at Benghazi

Algeria attack changes terror landscape in North Africa

Algeria Attack Shows Reach of Militants

Libyan Islamists are said to have helped the terrorist team that took over the Id Amenas refinery last week. A spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked group that mounted the attack said it was considered "successful by all standards." The commander of one of the two terrorist assault teams, Abu al-Bara'a al-Jaza'iri, may have survived.

How a pile of explosives I found in a Libyan field may have ended up in the hands of Algerian terrorists

Algeria hostage crisis: What we know

'Lion of the Desert': Ex-Partner of Germany Leads Malian Islamists

Prime Minister Sellal said 37 foreigners from eight countries died in the siege at In Amenas; five hostages are missing. The al Qaeda-linked attackers were from Egypt, Canada, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, and Tunisia. A Canadian named Chedad coordinated the attack; another Canadian participated, as did a former driver at the gas facility. A French jihadist may also have participated. Algerian forces killed 29 militants and captured three, and "a few" may have escaped. Three American hostages were killed. The US had rejected an offer to swap hostages for two terrorists held in US prisons, "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and "Lady al Qaeda" Aafia Siddiqui.

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").