Algerian hostage rescue raid over, authorities say
epa03541589 Statoil's CEO Helge Lund reacts during a press conference as he visits relatives of people being taken as hostages in Algeria, at the center which has been established near the ariport in Bergen, Norway, 17 January 2013. An Algerian military operation that began on the morning of 17 January to free a group of Western nationals being held hostage in Algeria has ended, Algeria's APS news agency reported, citing regional authorities. There was no official confirmation of the number of hostages killed or injured. Norwegian energy group Statoil was to evacuate 40 personnel from Algeria as soon possible, chief executive Helge Lund has said. EPA/LARSEN HAKON MOSVOLD NORWAY OUT
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