A Islamic militant group on Wednesday took about 40 hostages, including several Americans, at an Algerian natural-gas field near the border with Libya. A group linked to al-Qaida took responsibility for the kidnappings, saying they were in retaliation for the French military operation in Mali. The Algerian military launched operations Wednesday and today to regain control of the facility. According to various reports, four hostages have been freed, and several hostages and militants have been killed.
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