Hostage Crisis Attack on BP Gas Field in Amenas, Algeria

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Islamist terrorists have attacked a BP operated gas field in Amenas, Algeria, taking several people on the site hostage. While the Algerian army besieges the site, several Algerian workers were able to escape the terrorists, media reports say...

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London/UK – “BP’s overriding priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety of our staff and to support their families during this anguishing time. All our efforts are focused on supporting the authorities to secure a peaceful resolution of the situation and the safe return of our colleagues, and all other workers being detained,” states BP’s Chief Executive, Bob Dudley. The attack is believed to be a reaction to a French intervention in the civil war in neighbouring Mali.

BP confirms that several of its staff members are still held on the site. Today, several media reported that around 30 Algerian workers escaped from Amenas or were released by the hostage-takers. The In Amenas gas field and its facilities are operated by a joint venture of the Algerian national oil company Sonatrach, BP and Statoil.