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After the crisis, the counting. With the siege in Algeria finally over, authorities have begun recovering the bodies it left behind. Yesterday, 25 dead hostages had been found; today, the tally is closer to 50.

That figure will most likely rise as the Algerian army completes its search of the In Amenas gas plant. Some 20 hostages are still unaccounted for, including British, Norwegian, Japanese and Malaysian citizens.

On the hostage-takers' side, meanwhile, around 30 deaths are confirmed. Six attackers have reportedly been arrested. Where did they come from? Whose orders do they follow? We'll know more when Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal gives a press conference later today.


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