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7 hostages, 11 militants dead after raid in Algeria

By Paul Schemm and Anis Belghoulk

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 3:54 a.m. HST, Jan 19, 2013

AIN AMENAS, Algeria >> Algeria’s state news agency says the country’s special forces stormed a gas installation, killing 11 militants. The agency says seven hostages were killed by militants during the assault.

Algerian Press Service says the troops stormed the facility today after a four-day standoff in which militants occupied the Ain Amenas natural gas facility in southern Algeria.

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