Official: ‘Numerous’ other bodies at Algeria plant

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Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Amenas natural gas field, Algeria (AP Photo)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – An Algerian security official says de-mining squads searching for explosives found “numerous” bodies Sunday at a gas refinery where Islamic militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage.

The official said the bodies were difficult to identify and it was impossible to determine if they were foreign hostages or others. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Algerian special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end the standoff, and the government said all 32 militants were killed. Earlier Sunday, Algeria’s chief government spokesman said he feared the toll of hostages – which stood at 23 on Saturday – would rise as the special forces teams finished their search.

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