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Algerian forces launch operation to break desert siege

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reuters :    Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded.

Fast-moving details of the military operation to free the hostages were difficult to confirm. Algeria’s official APS news agency said that the military had freed four foreign hostages, giving no further information.

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