The Algerian government has reportedly mounted a military operation to rescue dozens of hostages, including Americans, being held by an al Qaeda-affiliated group at a natural gas plant in Algeria.
According to British officials, a military counterterror operation is underway. Reports that as many as 35 hostages and 15 Islamist militants at the facility in In Amenas have been killed during a helicopter raid have not been confirmed. According to an unconfirmed report by an African news outlet, the militants say seven hostages survived the attack, including two Americans.
In a statement, BP, a joint owner of the facility, said it had been told by both the British and Algerian governments that “the Algerian Army is attempting to take control of the In Amenas site.”
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