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Algerian Special Forces Complete Operation To Free Hostages

4:35 PM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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Algeria - Algerian special forces have completed their operation to free hostages at natural gas plant in Algeria, according to Algerian State Television.

Their report gave no new toll for the number of dead among either the hostages or kidnappers, who were described as a "multinational terrorist" group.

Earlier reports say two Britons and two Filipinos died in the operation.

The militants themselves said earlier Thursday that dozens died in the assault.

Algerian forces launched a military assault to release foreign hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, held by Islamist militants.

Militants earlier said they were holding seven Americans, but the administration confirmed only that Americans were among those taken.

The US condemned the militants for seizing the isolated plant 800 miles south of the capital, Algiers, in the Sahara Desert.

The BP facility is 60 miles from the Libyan border.

The Associated Press

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