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Jan 18, 2013 at 02:04am IST

Algeria: Special forces complete hostage rescue

Algiers: Algeria's state news agency says that special forces have completed their operation to free hostages from a remote desert natural gas complex.

The report gave no new toll for the number of dead among either the hostages or the kidnappers, who were described as a "multinational terrorist" group.

Earlier Algerian TV had said that four foreign workers, two Britons and two Filipinos, died in the operation.

Algeria: Special forces complete hostage rescue

In this undated image released Wednesday, by BP petroleum company, showing the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages on January 16, 2013. (AP Photo)

Earlier on Thursday, the militants themselves said that dozens had died in the assault.