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Algerian hostage crisis ends violently

Western officials deplore the loss of lives in siege

BAMAKO, Mali — The hostage crisis in the Algerian desert reached a bloody conclusion Saturday as the army carried out a final assault on the gas field taken over by Islamist militants, killing 11 of them, but only after they had executed seven hostages, the official Algerian news agency reported.

French, British, and US officials said the Algerian government had told them the military operation was over, but a senior Algerian government official said security forces were ‘‘doing cleanup’’ to make sure no kidnappers were hiding in the sprawling industrial complex.

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