Algerian special forces reportedly free hostages at gas plant
AP: Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert and reportedly freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants.
The death toll in the operation is unclear, and estimates varied wildly from four to dozens.
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Photo: This undated image, released Jan. 16, 2013, by BP petroleum company, shows the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages. (AP Photo via BP)