BREAKING: 35 hostages and 15 hostage takers killed in Algeria as they tried to move from one plant location to another.—
Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) January 17, 2013
Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press are reporting that 35 foreign hostages held at a natural gas site and 15 captors died in an Algerian military strike.
Islamist militants have told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex where they are holding hostages, killing 35 of the foreigners and 15 of the kidnappers.
Grain of salt: The report is based on an interview with militant Islamists.
Reuters reports that 34 hostages were killed.
Earlier reports suggested that 20 hostages, including Americans, had escaped.
Other outlets are working to confirm the attack.
Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as additional details become available.
The story out of Algeria continues to unfold, with many conflicting and unconfirmed reports:
The confusion continues:
Some great news if true:
The latest numbers:
One hostage’s family tells the BBC he has been freed:
The White House is on it.
Just before 11 a.m. ET, reports surfaced of an explosion.
From Prime Minister David Cameron:
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White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Algeria during today’s briefing.
Gasp! The White House is using the T-word.
More on the unfolding situation:
There are still hostages being held.
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Reuters is reporting Thursday evening that 30 hostages and 11 of their captors are dead in the siege. Some survivors are en route to London on a flight chartered by BP.