Militants: Algerian copter attack kills 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers in Sahara standoff
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Militants: Algerian copter attack kills 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers in Sahara standoff.
Algeria's special forces have completed their operation to free hostages from a natural gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, but provided no information on a possible death toll, Algeria's state news agency reported.
Reports on the crisis have been comflicting.
Earlier, Algeria's news agency (ANP) said the operation involved air strikes and a ground operation to free the hostages, who were picked up by military helicopters. Algerian TV had said that four foreign workers, two Britons and two Filipinos, died in the operation and that 600 hostages were freed.
However, a spokesman for the terror group Qatiba told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex, killing 35 foreign hostages and 15 of the kidnappers, the Associated Press is reporting. Seven survived, including two Americans, the spokesman told AP.