ALGIERS—Algerian special forces have found the bodies of two Canadian Islamist fighters after a bloody siege at a desert gas plant, a security source said on Monday, as the death toll reached at least 80 after troops stormed the complex to end the hostage crisis.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal is expected to give details later in the day about the siege near the town of In Amenas, which left American, British, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Filipino and Romanian workers dead or missing.
The Algerian security source told Reuters that documents found on the bodies of the two militants had identified them as Canadians, as forces scoured the plant following Saturday’s bloody end to the crisis.
Veteran Islamist fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of Al Qaeda, and an official Algerian source has said the militants included people from outside the African continent, as well as Arabs and Africans.Hear the holy warrior chorus sing:
It's a world of kafirs,
A world of pain.
It's a world where Allah
Has traction to gain.
It's jihad that unites
And revs us up for fights.
It's a small world, after all...
Update: Robert Spencer says, roosting chickenswise, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Update: How shocking! The Guardian uses the "j" word in a headline.
Update: Algeria claims that one of the Canadians, named "Chedad," was the leader of the siege.
Update: "Unless we learn to be as single-minded as the fanatics--at home and abroad--we are ALL hostages"