Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloodbath
IN AMENAS, Algeria (AFP) - Algerian troops stormed a remote gas plant Saturday to end a hostage crisis that killed 23 foreigners and Algerians, seven of them executed by their Islamist captors in a final military assault.
Twenty-one hostages died during the siege that began when the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen attacked the In Amenas facility deep in the Sahara desert at dawn on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.
Thirty-two kidnappers were also killed, and special forces were able to free "685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners", it said.
Among the dead were an unknown number of foreigners - including from Britain, France, Romania and the United States - and many were still unaccounted for, including Japanese.