‘Desert storm: Islamists take Mali fight to Algeria’

Published on 17 January 2013 at 09:30

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One Briton and a Frenchman were killed by Islamist militants who raided a remote gas engineering site operated by BP, Statoil and Sonatrach in Algeria and took up to 41 Western and Asian personnel hostage. The action, an apparent revenge attack following the French intervention against Islamists in neighbouring Mali, sparked fears of an anti-Western war across the deserts of northern Africa.

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