As it happened: Algeria hostage siege

Key points

  • Hours after Algerian forces moved in against hostage-takers at a desert gas facility in eastern Algeria, state news agency APS says the military operation has ended.
  • Islamist gunmen attacked a bus and a complex at In Amenas on Wednesday, taking foreign and local workers hostage.
  • It is now clear that some of the hostages were killed and wounded in the Algerian operation.
  • Although Algeria says some hostages were freed, UK PM David Cameron warns of "further bad news".
  • Algeria has identified the gunmen as militants who follow Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist with al-Qaeda links.
  • The gunmen have reportedly said their attack is a reaction to French military intervention in neighbouring Mali.

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Reporting:

  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Bernadette McCague 
  • Paul Kirby 

Last updated 17 January 2013

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