Algerian Officials: Hostage Crisis Over

    In this undated image released Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, by BP petroleum company, showing the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.  Islamist militants from Mali attacked the Amenas natural gas field partly operated by BP in Algeria early on Wednesday, killing a security guard and kidnapping at least eight people, including English, Norwegian and Japanese nationals, an Algerian security official and local media reported. Algerian forces, later caught up with and surrounded the kidnappers and negotiations for the release of the hostages are ongoing, officials said.(AP Photo/BP)

    Amenas natural gas field. (BP/AP)

    Algerian state news agency APS said Thursday that the military operation launched to free hostages at a remote desert gas facility in the country has ended. Earlier Thursday the U.S. State Department called the situation “extremely fluid” and claimed it was working with “affected nations” to resolve the conflict. It is now being reported 30 hostages were killed in the assault. The Islamist militants were demanding an end to the French-led military invasion of Mali. Officials say five Americans escaped from Algeria terrorists, and are now safe. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered a review of security for diplomats in the country. 

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