As it happened: Algeria hostage crisis

Key points

  • Algerian forces have ended a four-day hostage crisis at a gas facility in the Sahara desert.
  • The interior ministry says 23 hostages and 32 captors have been killed. The identity of the hostages has not been revealed.
  • Five British nationals and one UK resident are dead or unaccounted for. Five Norwegians are also missing.
  • UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says the hostage-takers "bear sole responsibility".
  • French President Francois Hollande defends the Algerian response as "the most suitable".
  • All times GMT.

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  • Jastinder Khera 
  • Nina Lamparski 
  • Anna Browning 

Last updated 19 January 2013

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