Update: The Algerian government’s conducted a counter-assault that ended the hostage-taking at the gas refinery at In Amenas. It left at least 38 civilians and 29 militants dead.
Employees from several nations are being held hostage by “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM) and the “Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa” (MUJAO) in eastern Algeria.
See the full article at BBC.co.uk
Taking hostages or kidnapping is generally a low-risk venture for the abductor. If they are armed, then you should not resist. They don’t really care about you. Instead, they care about your value to them. Their motivation may be political, religious, or simply for the income.
The captors usually have good reasons for selecting targets. You may have been under surveillance, possibly for months in advance. You may have even been double-crossed by a local national friend or someone that has routine access to you. The reasons range from robbery to slavery. It may be political, drug-related, or just opportunistic on the part of the captor. Unfortunately, some victims are killed.
For more than 23 years, Steve was an intelligence community professional who traveled and lived throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. He now uses his experiences and formal training to help people overcome their reluctance to travel by giving them the solid, reliable information they can use to plan effectively, reduce risk, react to danger, and return home safe.