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Algeria crisis: "Hostages murdered in cowardly fashion" - Hollande

19 January 2013 Last updated at 20:05 GMT

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".