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Terrorist Attacks on European Business Operations: Case Study the Amenas Hostage Crisis.

A general view of damage caused by a siege by Islamist militants  at the Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas on January 31, 2013. 40 Hostages and 39 terrorists died during the crisis. Photo credit to Reuters

A general view of damage caused by a siege by Islamist militants at the Tiguentourine Gas Plant in In Amenas on January 31, 2013. 40 Hostages and 39 terrorists died during the crisis. Photo credit to Reuters

On 16 January 2013, the AQIM splinter faction ‘Signed in Blood Battalion’, a group which normally operates in southern Algeria, attacked a natural gas facility owned by european oil companies like BP and the Norwegian Statoil, near In Amenas in Western Algeria. The following case study arrived to some conclusions:  Local security forces are not always reliable, Suspected subversion among the staff, Local security guards were overwhelmed, Lack of ‘panic rooms’, The militants made no distinction between the nationalities of the expatriate workers, Algerian government maintained no-negotiation policy. Read case study here.