Jan 202013
 

Media outlets as well as political sources unveiled that another Romanian national died in the Algerian inferno. Five Romanians were involved in the hostage crisis at the industrial oil plant in Amenas, four of them were rescued, while the fifth – 36-year-old Tiberiu Ionuţ Costache from Bărcăneşti (Prahova)- was killed. But now, according to updated info from Romanian Ministry of Exterior, a second citizen seems to have lost his life as he apparently died from severe injuries in an Algerian hospital (scroll down for video -Ro lang.).

Amenas gas field in southeastern Algeria was stormed by heavily-armed Islamist terrorists on Jan. 16, at 5 a.m.

Amenas gas field in southeastern Algeria was stormed by heavily-armed Islamist terrorists on Jan. 16, at 5 a.m. Photo:AFP/Getty images

One of the four rescued Romanians said in a brief statement given to a television that he is “mentally devastated” adding that he will make further comment when making sure his colleagues are safe. “I am mentally unwell, but physically I’m fine. I did not sleep too well. I just want to make sure that my colleagues are safe and then I’ll give more details,” said Liviu Floria, one of the Romanians saved in the hostage crisis in Algeria, who arrived in his native country.

Liviu Floria is from Pitesti and before going to work abroad he was employed with Arpechim Pitesti, section “Pyrolysis 2″ being specialized in devices for measurement and control. In 2010, the man started looking for a job abroad after the factory saw financial problems. Prior to heading to Algeria, he worked in Qatar. Liviu is married, has a daughter and lives in Pitesti district of Prundu. He did not provide information about where the four Romanians involved in Algeria hostage case are. However, media sources claim that “part” of the them arrived in the country, while others are on their way to Romania. Five Romanian citizens were involved in the hostage crisis in Algeria, four of them were saved, while the fifth – Tiberiu Costache, 36, from Bărcăneşti (Prahova) – was killed. Costache’s killing leaves the nation in sorrow as he had a 6-year-old child and a wife who is currently pregnant.

Scores of hostages and terrorists killed after tragic assault on Amenas Oil field in Algeria. Photo:telegraph.co.uk

Scores of hostages and terrorists killed after tragic assault on Amenas Oil field in Algeria. Photo:telegraph.co.uk

In a conversation with Romanian Foreign Minister, British Secretary of State Alistair Burt sent sincere condolences for the death of the Romanian citizen killed in Algerian attack, said British Ambassador Martin Harris, who also expressed his condolences.

Martin Harris stated that Burt called the Romanian Foreign Minister, Titus Corlăţean to express British Government sincere condolences for the death of a Romanian citizen, confirmed among the victims of the terrorist attack in Algeria.

“I would like to add my sincere condolences, from heart, to his family and to the Romanian people and to all those who have lost a loved one in the attack. Romania and the UK are both in mourning today. I know that both countries will remain allies and steadfast in opposing the threat posed by terrorists who show no limits and do not respect human life,” said Martin Harris.

Liviu Floria, a Romanian hostage in Almenas fled the gas complex and was found by Algerian military forces. Photo:rtv.net

Liviu Floria, a Romanian hostage in Amenas fled the gas complex and was found by Algerian military forces. Photo:rtv.net

A group of hostages who managed to run away from Islamist militants who seized control of a gas exploitation complex in Almenas, spent 15 hours in desert to escape the predators, wrote a Norwegian newspaper on Sunday. Tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) told the story of a 57-year-old Norwegian who, along with seven other people whose nationality was not specified, ran out of the oil facility on the night of Thursday to Friday, returning on foot in the city Amenas, located at a distance of about 50 kilometers.

“The group spent 15 harsh hours in Sahara desert in southern Algeria,” wrote VG website. “We do not know if they had food or water, but man, 57, a native from Bergen (western Norway), was severely dehydrated and exhausted when they all arrived in the city of Amenas on Friday evening,” added the newspaper.
The Norwegian received medical care at a local hospital but it’s not known when he was repatriated. Norway was lacking information on five of its citizens, employees of oil group Statoil who were present inside the complex when Islamist militants launched the attacks Wednesday morning.

Saturday evening, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced that “it is possible that some Norwegians have died.”

Statoil general manager Helge Lund expressed “deep and increasing worries” because company’s employees were still missing. “We must prepare for bad news in the coming days,” he said Saturday night.

Algeria officially announced in preliminary report the death of 23 hostages and 32 kidnappers, but the death toll is likely to be “revised upwards,” warned Algerian Minister for Communications Muhammad Said on Sunday.

Video: Liviu Floria describes the terrifying ordeal in Amenas

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