Algeria Hostage Crisis: Most Weapons Used in
Attack Came From Libya
Most of the weapons used by al Qaeda-linked militants to
storm a gas facility in southeastern Algeria came from
Libya, the Daily Telegraph has learned.
By Mélanie Matarese, Algiers
January 23, 2013 "The
Many of the Islamist terrorists shot their way into the
In Amenas compound on Thursday using the AK104 model of
Kalashnikov, which was typically used by Libyan rebels in
the war against Muammar Gaddafi.
They brought F5 rockets that also surfaced in the Libyan
war, said the security source.
The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar
provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by
Qatar – yellow flak jackets with brown patches, known as
"chocolate chip" camouflage. The garments are copies of ones
worn by Americans in the Gulf war.
The terrorists also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France
and Libyan rebels.
Other non-Libyan arms used in the Algerian terror attack
included German and Chinese-made Kalashnikovs, classic
rocket-propelled grenades and Russian offensive and
The Algerian army had two missile-carrying Mi24 Super-Hind
helicopters, armoured cars, and Russian-made T90 tanks.
For the assault on the gas facility itself, special forces
used incapacitating gas, infrared cameras, heat-seeking
cameras and "optical devices to be able to see under doors
and through walls".
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Algeria Attack May End Syrian Rebels’
Hope for Arms Aid: Arms
used or procured in Libya’s 2011 revolution have helped to
promote a rebellion across the border in Mali and turned up
in last week’s assault in neighboring Algeria that left at
least 23 hostages dead, French officials said.
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