AN ALGERIAN SECURITY OFFICIAL SAYS BOMB SQUADS SEARCHING A GAS PLANT WHERE RADICAL ISLAMISTS TOOK DOZENS OF FOREIGN WORKERS HOSTAGE HAVE FOUND AT LEAST 25 MORE BODIES.

OFFICIALS WEREN'T IMMEDIATELY ABLE TO DETERMINE IF THE DEAD WERE HOSTAGES OR ATTACKERS.

THIS DISCOVERY COMES ONE DAY AFTER A BLOODY RAID ENDED A 4-DAY SIEGE AT THE PLANT IN THE SAHARA DESERT.

SOME 32 ATTACKERS AND 23 HOSTAGES, INCLUDING SEVERAL BRITONS AND AT LEAST ONE AMERICAN WERE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED AS OF SATURDAY.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WILL WORK WITH THE ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO UNDERSTAND HOW EVENTS UNFOLDED AT THE GAS PLANT.

MEANWHILE...BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON WARNED AGAINST CRITICIZING THE ALGERIAN RESPONSE TO THE ATTACK...SAYING THE RESPONSIBILITY LIES SOLELY WITH THE TERRORISTS.

David Cameron/British Prime Minister SOT: We have had successes in recent years in reducing the threat from some parts of the world, but the threat has grown, particularly in north Africa. This is a global threat and it will require a global response. It will require a response that is about years, even decades rather than months...

A MEMBER OF THE AL-QAIDA LINKED MASKED BRIGADE TOLD THE A-N-I NEWS OUTLET THAT THE ATTACK HAD BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR TWO MONTHS.

HE SAID MILITANTS TARGETED ALGERIA BECAUSE THEY EXPECTED THE COUNTRY TO SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO ROOT OUT EXTREMISTS IN NEIGHBORING MALI.

___________________, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

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