Transcript for Algeria Hostage Crisis: Tape of Terrorists Emerges
We're going to turn overseas now to the aftermath of that terror attack in north africa. Today bomb squads making sure the facility is now safe. But they also made a grim discovery. Dozens more bodies. The death toll now at 81. As we hear from those who survived, word of a chilling message from the man who claimed to have planned it all. Here's brian ross. Reporter: As the bodies of more hostages were being discovered inside the saharan desert facility today, many badly burned or maimed, the absolute horror of their experience became clear. In recordings of phone calls made by one hostage in broken english to authorities outside. As broadcast on algerian tv. We have prisoners. We have hostages with bombs on the body. Please call back, please call back. Reporter: An quite commander followed up with this in arabic. We will kill the american hostages here. We will slaughter them. We will not kill them. We will slaughter them. Survivors said one captor spoke excellent english and may have been from canada and that many terrorists were dressed as security guards. Making the decision to run for it difficult. When you don't know what's out there, and we know that the terrorists seem the same as the security forces, it was a huge decision, do you stay or do you go? Reporter: The rogue al qaeda leader, mokhtar belmokhtar, has now taken credit for the attack according to an african website today. We and al qaeda announced this blessed operation he was reported to have said. The chairman of the house intelligence committee told abc news, the u.S. Knew the al qaeda group was looking for a western target in the area. We didn't know for sure it would be this place under those circumstances, but we knew they were trying to find a complete a target against a western target which this clearly was. Of the ten americans at the plant, seven escaped or were freed. One is confirmed dead. Still no word, but growing concern about the fate of two others who are believed to be inside during the final assault, david, by the algerian army. Brian, thank you.
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