It's Over: 7 Hostages Killed in Final Raid
Algeria storms gas plant to end siege
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2013 8:27 AM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2013 1:54 PM CST
Rescued hostages hug each other on Friday.   (AP Photo/Canal Algerie via Assiaciated Press TV)

(Newser) – The Algerian hostage standoff appears to be over after four days, but the end came with more bloodshed: The government says kidnappers executed seven hostages during this morning's "final assault." That brings the death toll to at least 32 "terrorists" and 23 hostages, including one American, report AP and CNN. No details are out yet on nationalities of the latest victims. "In principle, it's over," a government official tells the New York Times. Only a "clean-up process" remains.

A Turkish official says two remaining American hostages were found "safe and sound." Algeria's state news agency reports that another 11 of the al-Qaeda-linked militants were killed in the raid, but it did not say whether any remained alive. As for that "clean-up process": The militants reportedly booby-trapped the entire gas refinery with explosives, and Algerian troops had begun the painstaking task of clearing them.

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Jan 20, 2013 7:11 AM CST
The death toll of hostages has risen. Algerian TV confirmed a further 25 bodies of hostages had been discovered inside the compound today Sunday. So, at least 48 Algerian and foreign hostages died along with 32 militants.
Jan 20, 2013 1:17 AM CST
I guess the Algerians have some cojones... they're one of the few countries that adhere to the principle, "Never negotiate with terrorists!" It'll be a while before al-Qaeda or whichever other Islamofascists out there use hostage-taking as a tactic again. It just doesn't pay off over there. They'll kill your hostages, then they'll kill YOU. Plain and simple.
Jan 19, 2013 7:57 PM CST
Nobody wins in situations like this. No one.