7 hostages, 11 kidnappers reportedly killed in Algeria

7 hostages, 11 kidnappers reportedly killed in Algeria

Algerian forces launched a final assault on Saturday against Islamist militants holding foreign hostages at a desert energy complex, resulting in the deaths of 11 kidnappers and their 7 captives, according to Algerian and French news reports.

Reports of the raid –- which unfolded despite calls for restraint from foreign governments. including the United States, whose nationals were being held captive -- remained sketchy and unverified, but state media said the operation was aimed at a remaining stronghold of militants at the sprawling, remote facility run by BP, Norway's Statoil and Algeria's state-run energy company. Reports from Algeria's state news agency and France's AFP, both quoting an unnamed Algerian security official, suggested the militants may have killed their hostages as forces approached.

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