Thirty hostages and 11 Islamist militants were killed on 17 January after the unsuccessful rescue operation of Algerian forces to free them. The al-Qaeda linked militants who seized the important gas facility on 16 January had been demanding France to end its offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali.

“The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels. We will kill them, they said” Abdelk...

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