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Bodies of 25 Hostages Found at Algeria Gas Plant

Security forces found the bodies of 25 hostages on Sunday as they combed a desert gas plant after a deadly stand-off with Islamists, and witnesses said nine Japanese captives had been executed.

Citing security sources, Anis Rahmani of private television channel Ennahar told Agence France Presse the army discovered “the bodies of 25 hostages” as they secured the sprawling In Amenas Sahara site.

Algerian Communications Minister Mohamed Said had earlier told a radio station: “I fear that it (the toll) may be revised upward,” after at least 23 foreigners and Algerians, mostly hostages, were killed over the four days.

It was not immediately clear if the 23 were included in Sunday’s 25 toll

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(Images: 1st – Naharnet, 2nd – Al Arabiya)

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