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Algeria ends standoff, states at least 55 dead

Fate of American captives still unknown

Posted: January 20, 2013 at 3:55 a.m.

Two British hostages who gave only their first names, Peter (left) and Alan, stand Saturday near the gas plant in eastern Algeria where they had been held.

In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural-gas complex in the Sahara desert Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists, leaving at least 23 hostages dead and killing all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said. With few details emerging from the remote site in eastern Algeria, it was unclear whether anyone was rescued in the final operation, but the number of hostages killed Saturday — seven — was how many the militants had said that morning they still had.

Algeria: 32 militants killed, with 23 hostages

Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said. (By The Associated Press)
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