A dramatic rescue operation at a gas field in Algeria left 34 hostages dead January 17, according to reports, prompting foreign governments to raise alarm over the crisis. After a tense stand-off in Amenas plant that lasted all day and sent shockwaves across the world, Algerian troops ended their assault on the complex where hundreds of foreign and local workers were held. Algeria's Interior Minister Dahou Ould Kablia said the attackers had come from Libya, citing intelligence reports. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who cancelled a key speech to the European Union, citing the unfolding crisis, described a "very bad situation" at the compound, where a number of British citizens had been taken hostage. Islamists raided the site on January 16 in retaliation for a French offensive against Islamists in neighboring Mali.
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