APS: 18 dead as Algerian forces launch 'final assault'

ALGIERS - Algerian special forces on Saturday launched a "final assault" on Islamists holding foreign hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, killing 11 of the al Qaida-linked fighters, the country's official APS news agency said.
Seven foreign hostages held by the militants have been killed by their captors, APS said.
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