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Algeria desert standoff as Islamists hole up with hostages

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Islamist gunmen were holed up with an unknown number of foreign hostages on Saturday at a remote gas plant in the Algerian desert, amid uncertainty over the military's next move to free them. 

A car drives past an Algerian oil installation on the outskirts of In Amenas, deep in the Sahara near the Libyan border, on January 18, 2013. Islamist gunmen were holed up with an unknown number of foreign hostages on Saturday at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, amid uncertainty over what the army was doing to free their captives.

More than 72 hours after the heavily armed militants staged a deadly raid on the complex, and two days after Algerian special forces launched a botched rescue bid widely condemned as hasty, there appeared to be a stand-off in the Sahara.

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