Algeria hostage rescue operation over

2013-01-17 22:35
The In Amenas gas field, jointly operated by British oil giant BP, Norway's Statoil and state-run Algerian energy firm Sonatrach, in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. (Kjetil Alsvik, AFP/Statoil)

The In Amenas gas field, jointly operated by British oil giant BP, Norway's Statoil and state-run Algerian energy firm Sonatrach, in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. (Kjetil Alsvik, AFP/Statoil)

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Algiers - An Algerian army operation launched on Thursday to rescue national and foreign hostages seized by Islamist gunmen at a desert gas plant, which reportedly left dozens dead, is now over, Algerian media said.

The APS news agency said the assault on the Tigentourine gas complex, attacked by the Islamist gunmen a day earlier, had ended on Thursday evening, adding that no death toll had been given so far.

Communication Minister Mohamed Said confirmed earlier that kidnappers and hostages were killed in the operation, but declined to say how many.

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