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AIN AMENAS, Algeria — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left 23 hostages and 32 militants dead, according to the country’s Interior Ministry’s count.
With few details emerging from the remote site in eastern Algeria, it was unclear whether anyone was rescued in the final operation.
A total of 685 Algerian and 107 foreigner workers were freed over the course of the standoff, which began on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry statement said.
The military also confiscated machine-guns, rocket launchers, missiles and grenades attached to suicide belts.
The ministry added that the militants involved consisted of 32 men of various nationalities, including three Algerians.
The siege at Ain Amenas transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to al-Qaida stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers from all over the…
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