Algeria ends standoff, states at least 55 dead
Fate of American captives still unknown
Posted: January 20, 2013 at 3:55 a.m.
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.
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