The armed group that took Western hostages in a deadly dawn attack in southern Algeria on Wednesday is demanding the release of 100 Islamists held in the country, a worker at the site told AFP.
A picture released by BP on January 16, 2013, shows their Algerian operation at the In Amenas field in the Sahara desert. A French catering company said Wednesday that 150 of its Algerian employees were being held in a BP plant in Algeria where Al-Qaeda-linked militants claim to have taken 41 foreigners hostage.
"The kidnappers are demanding the release of 100 terrorists being held in Algeria, in exchange for their hostages," said the worker at the gas complex where 41 Westerners were seized, according to the militants, including seven Americans.
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