Europe under threat after Algerian hostage crisis? by King's College London published on 2013/04/05 11:04:31 +0000 Why did the dramatic four-day-long hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria end so badly with 41 deaths? Why did it all happen in the first place? Nick Butler, Head of King’s Policy Institute and former head of Strategy at BP, talks about the future implications of the attack. He says that it was a clear political act which has changed the nature of attacks on the oil and gas industry in Africa. According to Butler, this attack will probably lead to more attacks and has shifted the centre of gravity of international terrorism to this region, creating a new terrorism threat to Europe as well.