|January 19, 2013
Algerian military source says terrorists who attacked In Amenas gas complex trained over Libyan border
Islamist militants who attacked the Algerian gas complex of In Amenas were trained in jihadist camps across the border in southern Libya, according to local sources.
The recovered bodies of terrorists killed in the counter-attack by Algerian security forces include three Egyptians, two Tunisians, two Libyans, a Malian and a French citizens, a security source told Reuters.
It is believed that the terrorists crossed the border from Libya to launch the attack. One of the leaders of the group was Abou al-Barra, a long-time jihadist activist.
Barra has been described as the most important commander under Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Al-Mulathemeen Brigade - the group which raided the gas plant, which is owned by BP, Norway's Statoil and the Algerian state oil company Sonatrach.
Barra served in the Algerian army before joining the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat involved in the Algerian insurgency of the late 1990s and early 2000s.