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    3 Americans Dead in Algerian Raid

    Algerian special police unit officers guard the entrance of an hospital located near the gas plant where hostages have been kidnapped by Islamic militants, in Ain Amenas, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Algeria's special forces stormed the natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert in a final assault Saturday, killing 11 militants, but not before they in turn killed seven hostages, the state news agency reported.(AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

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    Three Americans are among those killed in a deadly raid last week in Algeria to rescue hostages taken when Islamic militants overtook a gas facility. Seven Americans made it out safely. The FBI has identified the three Americans as Victor Lynn Lovelady, Frederick Buttaccio, and Gordon Lee Rowan. The death toll currently stands at 57, but nearly 800 hostages are believed to have escaped. Meanwhile, Algerian officials have acknowledged that some of the hostage takers were captured alive. Officials had initially said that all 32 hostage takers were killed, but at least five militants were nabbed while alive.

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