It's been days coming. Algeria's government kept quiet while its army took back the gas plant from jihadists. Dozens of foreign nationals died in the operation.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will run for a fourth term in April's election, according to the country's prime minister. Bouteflika has been in power for 15 years and suffered a mini-stroke last year.
The Algerian prime minister has said that 37 foreign hostages were killed during the standoff with Islamist militants at a gas plant in In Amenas. He said at least one Canadian was among the hostage takers.
The attack on a gas field in Algeria has shown how well organized terrorists in North Africa are. Further attacks could drastically transform the social order of the region in the long term.
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