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Foreign Hostages 'Freed' In Algeria Operation

January 17, 2013

Several foreign hostages have been reported freed during an Algerian military operation at a gas facility in eastern Algeria where militants were holding foreign and Algerian hostages.

Algeria's official APS news agency said four foreign hostages were freed during the operation which it said also resulted in "several victims."

Ireland's government has confirned an Irishman who was among the hostages was freed.

Earlier on January 17, media reports quoting militants said 34 hostages and 14 kidnappers were killed in the assault on the In Amenas installation near the Libyan border.

Militants claimed they were still holding several hostages.

The Algerian army surrounded the facility after militants seized it on January 16, taking hostage tens of foreigners and Algerians and killing two people.

The hostage-takers were demanding that France cease its operation against militants in neighboring Mali.

Based on reporting by Reuters, BBC, and CNN


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