Sonatrach, the Algerian state oil company running the Ain Amenas site along with BP (BP) and Norway's Statoil (STO), said the entire refinery had been mined with explosives, and that the process of clearing it out is now under way.Algeria has fought its own Islamist rebellion since the 1990s, elements of which later declared allegiance to al Qaeda and then set up new groups in the poorly patrolled wastes of the Sahara along the borders of Niger, Mali, Algeria and Libya, where they flourished.
Algeria Ends Crisis; 23 Hostages Dead (Update1)
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