Algeria siege shows need to be 'relentless': Fabius

20th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday that the hostage-taking in Algeria showed the need to be "relentless in the face of terrorism".

"These are killers, they rob, they rape, they ransack," Fabius told Europe 1 radio when asked about the hostage-taking by Islamist militants, which ended with Algerian special forces storming the remote desert facility.

Fabius said he felt "shocked" that "it is the Algerians who are being called into question, when it is the terrorists" who were to blame for the incident.

"There must be no impunity for terrorists," he said.

At least 23 foreigners and Algerians, mostly hostages, were killed and Algeria fears the toll may rise.

Fabius said the toll "is very heavy" but added that "the situation was terrible" and that it is "very easy" to criticise decisions after the fact.

"The Algerians know to what degree terrorism is an absolute evil," he said.

© 2013 AFP

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