Algeria military operation to free hostages 'over'
January 18 , 2013
The military operation to free hostages at a desert gas plant ended on Thursday, according to Algerian state reports.
Four foreigners were released but up to 34 hostages and 14 kidnappers were killed in the operation against Islamic militants.
Algerian state television said four foreigners were killed in the operation carried out by Algerian forces to free hostages held by militants in the remote natural gas complex.
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters occupied the facility near In Amenas on Wednesday.
Hundreds of Algerian workers along with foreign workers were reported to have escaped during the operation.
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