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Algerian Hostage Crisis Attack Ends

Cara Palmer |
January 17, 2013 | 3:17 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (Creative Commons)
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (Creative Commons)
Algeria's military attempted to rescue hostages being held at a gas plant is over. They secured the compound and freed the remaining hostages, but there were several deaths.

Thirty of the hostages and 11 of the militants were killed. They had been holding the hostages in protest of France's intervention in Mali, but the French President, Francois Hollande, said that the hostage crisis is evidence of the validity of his intervention.

Algeria's Communications Minister, Mohamed Said, said that the combat had ended, but attempts to rescue some hostages are ongoing.

For more of Neon Tommy's coverage of the Algerian hostage crisis here.

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