Two Norwegians killed in last month’s terrorist attack in Algeria heroically prevented potentially major-scale casualties.
Describing his friends Hans Bjone, 55, and 58-year-old Tore Bech’s fearless actions, Sonatrach company boss Benadouda Lofti recounted that the attackers unsuccessfully tried to force both men to restart gas production to blow the plant up.
“They refused, saying that they didn’t know how to do it. It was a heroic act,” Mr Lofti, who was himself taken prisoner, told VG.
According to him, the terrorists had decided to detonate the facility when they say they could not escape with the hostages.
Benadouda Lofti also confirmed that Mr Bjone, Mr Bech, and 35-year-old Thomas Snekkevik were killed at the gas plant after being held hostage there.
The paper also writes that several independent sources in Norway and Algeria have told them Victor Sneberg, 56, and 43-year-old Alf Vik lost their lives in the Algerian army’s helicopter-led attack.
This took place as the terrorists were trying to move the hostages after both men other personnel were taken hostage at the facility’s living quarters.
Statoil did not wish to comment on the information.
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