Listen Download Podcast
  • RFI English News flash 04h00 - 04h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/01 04h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 04h10 - 04h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/01 04h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 05h00 - 05h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/01 05h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 05h10 - 05h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/01 05h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h00 - 06h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/01 06h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h10 - 06h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/01 06h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h30 - 06h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/01 06h30 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h33 - 06h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 10/01 06h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h00 - 07h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/01 07h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h30 - 07h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 10/01 07h30 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 09/25 14h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h06 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/30 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 14h03 - 14h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 09/25 14h03 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h06 - 14h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/30 14h06 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h30 - 14h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/30 14h30 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h33 - 14h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/30 14h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 09/25 16h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h06 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 09/30 16h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h03 - 16h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 09/25 16h03 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h30 - 16h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/30 16h30 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h33 - 17h00 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 09/25 16h33 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Africa

Five foreigners still missing, as Algeria hostage-takers threaten to attack France

media Signatories of Blood leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar in a video sent out after … Reuters/Belmokhtar Brigade/Handout

Five foreigners were still missing on Tuesday in the aftermath of the hostage crisis at Algeria’s remote In Amenas gas plant. The Islamist group that staged the attack has threatened to attack France in the light of the offensive in Mali.

Algerian authorities are still searching for five foreigners missing since last week’s attack, a source told the AFP news agency.

Work to restart production at the plant has begun, the source added, but it will take at least a week before it can return to normal.

The Signatories in Blood group has said that the attack was in retaliation for French intervention in northern Mali.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalik Sellal dismissed this, saying the assault had been planned for nearly two months, long before France intervened in northern Mali.

Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi on Sunday said that wet gas production would be resumed “in the next two days”.

Thirty-seven foreigners from eight different countries and one Algerian hostage were killed during the crisis, according to Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalik Sellal said on Monday, adding that 29 jihadis also died.

Special forces managed to free 685 Algerian and 107 foreign hostages.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s Signatories in Blood group, that claimed responsibility for the attack, has threatened further attacks, especially against France, a spokesperson told Paris Match magazine late Monday.

The France "of the crusaders and the Zionist Jews will pay for its attacks on Muslims in north Mali, but not alone, its vassals also," said the spokesperson, who called himself Joulaybib, told the magazine.

The Islamists' operation at the In Amenas gas plant was "90 per cent successful since we were able to reach a strategic site protected by 800 soldiers with only 40 men", he said.

The attackers received “logistical support” from inside Libya, a source in the country told AFP Tuesday.

Islamist groups in the country have access to weapons and other equipment and have become increasingly active since the French-backed insurrection that toppled Moamer Kadhafi.

Earlier Libyan Prime Minster Ali Zeidan denied claims that the kindappers had entered Algeria from his country.

Algerian website TSA cited a security source saying the kidnappers had entered Algeria from Libya in official Libyan vehicles, while others claimed the weapons the kidnappers used came from Libya.

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.