Algeria TV: 4 foreigners killed in hostage rescue

Aomar Ouali and Paul Schemm
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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)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian state television says four foreigners — two Britons and two Filipinos — were killed in the operation by Algerian forces to liberate hostages held by militants in a remote natural gas complex.

Citing a hospital, the report also said Thursday that 13 people were wounded, including seven foreigners.

The kidnappers holding the hostages had earlier said that at least 35 foreigners and 15 militants were killed in the Algerian operation at the natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert.

Several world leaders have expressed unease at the reports of heavy casualties following the Algerian operation to free the hostages.

Al-Qaida-linked militants seized the Ain Amenas installation on Wednesday taking local and foreign workers hostage and sparking a tense standoff.