'Hostages murdered in cowardly fashion'
A four-day siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert has ended, with militants and their hostages killed.
Seven hostages were killed by their captors during a final raid by Algerian troops - at least 23 hostages and 32 hostage-takers died in the four-day stand-off, Algerian officials say.
French President Francois Hollande defended the Algerian response to the crisis as being "the most suitable".
But said the killing of the seven hostages was "cowardly".
- From the section Africa