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Early Thursday, the Algerian government forces launched an operation to try and free the hostages – some of whom are Americans.

The operation apparently began when Algerian forces fired on a militant convoy that was carrying some of the captives.

BBC Arab Affairs Editor Sebastian Usher is following the crisis from London.

He says the Algerian government went ahead with military operations without informing the other nations involved.

  • Algerian Market (Photo: Bachir/ Flickr)

  • In Amenas, Algeria here gas field workers were seized

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