Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 18, 2013, 12:28 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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The fate of dozens of hostages seized by Islamists at a gas field in Algeria remained unclear early Friday, hours after the Algerian military stormed the site. At least six people, and perhaps many more, were killed, The Associated Press reported, and dozens were unaccounted for. Algerian state media reported Thursday evening that the military operation had ended at the remote desert facility where dozens of workers — including three Americans — had been held hostage. The Algerian government was reported as saying two Filipinos and two British hostages had been killed.
Accounts of the number of hostages and militants killed in the operation differed wildly — ranging from four to 35 — in reports from regional sources cited by The Associated Press and Reuters. Advertise | AdChoices
Among those unaccounted for were Americans, Britons, French, Norwegians, Romanians, Malaysians, Japanese and Algerians. Some of the hostages reportedly escaped from the natural gas pumping plant, near In Amenas, close to the border with Libya and 800 miles from the Algerian capital. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/17/16565069-some-survive-algeria-gas-plant-hostage-crisis-but-fate-of-dozens-unknown?lite
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