Algeria has allowed journalists to visit the gas facility attacked by Islamic militants last month. The BBC's Richard Galpin was among them, and describes the scene to anchor Marco Werman, and brings us up to date on the investigation.
One-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, considered the mastermind behind the Algeria attack, has been called "Mr. Marlboro" for the cigarette-smuggling ring he operates in the desert region of West Africa known as the Sahel.
The ongoing unrest in northern Mali is raising concerns that the militants could move into neighboring countries. And with the latest jihadist retaliation and taking of hostages, some say it's time for an increased focus on the Maghreb region and the militants who rule it.
Early Thursday, the Algerian government forces launched an operation to try and free the hostages, some of whom are Americans. The operation apparently began when Algerian forces fired on a militant convoy that was carrying some of the captives.
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