Siege in the Sahara: This documentary tells the story of British hostages trapped by Al Qaeda in an Algerian gas plant earlier this year
This one-off documentary tells the terrifying story of British hostages trapped by Al Qaeda in an Algerian gas plant earlier this year. As the horrific events unfolded in the full glare of the world’s media, Algerian Special Forces stormed the site in an effort to put a stop to the crisis.
The attack left over 37 foreign hostages dead including a number from the UK, the USA, France, Japan and Norway. This documentary is told from the perspective of those that lived through it namely the surviving hostages and their families.
The programme combines exclusive interviews with dramatic reconstruction of key events during the four day siege, which was punctuated by gun battles and daring tales of escape and human bravery in the most desperate of circumstances.
The documentary also asks many unanswered questions, such as how did a convoy of terrorists manage to travel undetected across hundreds of miles of desert and gain control of one of Algeria’s most important and valuable gas facilities? And who was ultimately responsible for the safety of its workers?
Siege in the Sahara airs tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm
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