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Published On: Thu, Jan 17th, 2013

Algeria hostage crisis over, death toll unclear, atleast 11 militants killed

Algeria’s special forces have completed their operation to free hostages from a natural gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, but provided no information on a possible death toll, Algeria’s state news agency reported.

Reports on the crisis have been conflicting.

Militia leader Moktar Belmoktar Algeria hostage crisis video screenshot

Militia leader Moktar Belmoktar Algeria hostage crisis video screenshot

The Algerian news agency ANP said the operation involved air strikes and a ground operation to free the hostages, who were picked up by military helicopters. Algerian TV had said that four foreign workers, two Britons and two Filipinos, died in the operation and that 600 hostages were freed.

However, a spokesman for the terror group Qatiba told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex, killing 35 foreign hostages — including five Americans — and 15 militants, the Associated Press is reporting. Seven survived, including two Americans, the spokesman told AP.

Reuters, citing an Algerian security source, is reporting that 30 hostages were killed, including seven foreigners. Among them were two Britons, two Japanese and one French national.

The source also says 11 militants died, including the group’s leader, Tahar Ben Cheneb, described as a “prominent commander in the region.”

Islamist took the hostages at a BP plant in response to the French retaliation towards the extremists in Mali.

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