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Final toll of Algeria gas plant drama: 23 hostages dead, 107 safe, 32 terrorists "neutralized"

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Algeria's military launched a bloody, brazen "final assault" Saturday on kidnappers holding scores of foreigners and Algerians at a natural gas complex in the country's east, bringing to an end four days of mayhem that left 23 hostages and 32 kidnappers dead and renewed fears that Islamist extremism is spreading in North Africa. During Saturday's offensive, seven hostages and 11 militants died, according to Algerian news reports. The gas plant site at Ain Aminas remained unsecure because of booby traps, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters. How many Americans were involved and their fate remained unclear even as the worst of the crisis appeared to be over.

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