By AOMAR OUALI
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian official says that the country’s security forces will take over the job of securing the country’s oil and gas sites following a spectacular terrorist attack and mass hostage-taking on a gas installation there in January.
An inquiry into the Ain Amenas plant assault blasted private companies currently responsible for site security in Algeria’s energy sectors for failing to prevent it, according to an Interior Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The official said the inquiry found that the site’s infrastructure “was not capable of either preventing this terrorist attack and even less so repelling it.”
In all, 37 hostages, including an Algerian security guard, and 29 attackers were killed in a four-day standoff.
Read ongoing coverage of the attack on the Algeria natural gas facility:
- Algeria committed to mining resources, despite attack (March 5)
- Algerian gas plant in terror siege resumes work (Feb. 24)
- BP names 4th staff member killed in Algeria siege (Feb. 12)
- Algeria attack no outlier; oil targeted three times a week (Jan. 23)
- Second Houston-area man confirmed dead in Algeria (Jan. 21)
- Overseas dangers don’t deter oil workers (Jan. 21)