34 hostages killed in air strike by Algerian forces – ANI/Reuters


(Reuters) – Thirty-four hostages and 15 of their al Qaeda-linked kidnappers were killed on Thursday in an air strike by the Algerian armed forces, Mauritania’s ANI news agency reported, citing one of the kidnappers holding captives at a desert gas field.

The news agency, which has close contact with the group which has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping, said the army’s attack came as kidnappers were trying to move their hostages in vehicles to a new location.

A local resident confirmed to Reuters that many people were killed after the Algerian military opened fire on the hostage takers’ vehicles.

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