The attack comes nearly a fortnight after a deadly Islamist attack on a gas plant in Algeria’s southern Sahara desert, in a hostage-taking siege that ended with the deaths of almost 40, mostly foreign, captives.
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A spokesman for the “Signatories in Blood,” headed by Islamist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar, said 34 hostages were killed when Algerian special forces raided the plant on Thursday, a day after it was seized.
Algerian state media said that one person had been killed and seven wounded, two of them foreigners, in the attack on the field at In Amenas, in the Sahara desert 1,300 kilometres (810 miles) southeast of Algiers.
Algeria shares a long border with Mali, where extremists and rebel groups took over large parts of the north after a coup in March
Islamists in control of north Mali extend their presence southwards