The gas facility in In Amenas, Algeria, where the siege broke down.
The gas facility in In Amenas, Algeria, where the siege broke down. Google Maps

Algerian gas plant siege ends in bloodshed

AT LEAST 32 fighters and 23 captives have been killed in the three-day military offensive that ended the hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria.

On Saturday, 11 militants were killed along with seven hostages as Algerian forces stormed the facility.

The weekend revelations mark an end to the emergency which began when al-Qaeda linked fighters attacked a bus carrying workers from the plant as they travelled to a nearby airport.

Al-Jazeera English reports suggest the men took control of the plant as an act of revenge for France's military action in neighbouring Mali.

The Algerian Government released a statement saying 685 Algerian workers and 107 international staff were freed over the course of the operation.

A number of workers remain unaccounted for after the operation, prompting the international community to brace itself for more grim news.



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