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.

More from the AP:

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.

https://twitter.com/FirstTeamTommy/status/291882704381825024

Other outlets are working to confirm the attack.

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as additional details become available.

Update:

The story out of Algeria continues to unfold, with many conflicting and unconfirmed reports:

http://twitter.com/storyfulpro/statuses/291905156654718976

http://twitter.com/storyfulpro/statuses/291908829086629888

The confusion continues:

Some great news if true:

The latest numbers:

https://twitter.com/storyfulpro/status/291924506732290050

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.

https://twitter.com/storyfulpro/status/291971548791848961

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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.

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