Reports from Algeria suggest the hostage crisis at a remote gas facility in the Algerian desert has reached a conclusion, with Algerian special forces killing 11 kidnappers. State news agency APS says the army launched a final assault on the complex and seven hostages were summarily killed by their captors as the troops tried to free them.
The army is currently clearing mines laid by the hostage-takers at the site, state-run energy firm Sonatrach tells the Reuters news agency.
The nationalities of the dead hostages are not yet known, the report by APS said.
Our map shows where the gas facility is located in Algeria and explains how the crisis initially unfolded on Wednesday morning when two buses carrying gas workers to In Amenas airport were attacked.
Meridja in Algiers, Algeria
emails: Algeria is a free country dealing with an old ghost we thought we got rid of a decade away, some people need to keep in mind that in this raid we lost Algerian soldiers as well as Algerian hostages too but it is the only way to deal with it! Dozens of Americans die quite often during hostages crisis or shootings in schools and random public spaces and yet the claim that the death of ONE American hostage is a catastrophe and that Algerian army need to explain themselves? That's just unacceptable.
One Romanian national has been killed and another injured in the crisis, Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta has told the AFP news agency. The Romanian foreign ministry previously announced that three Romanians caught up in the crisis had been freed.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague gave an interview, shortly before news of the latest army raid emerged, in which he said the large majority of British nationals caught up in the situation were now "safe and accounted for" and there were fewer than 10 remaining "at risk". It has also been announced that the British ambassador, along with a small consular and political team, is to fly to In Amenas to provide consular support to all those Britons caught up in the crisis.
Because of the facility's remote location, details of what has been happening during the four-day siege have been patchy and confused.