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Algerian army rescues 17 European tourists

Algerian troops stormed a Sahara desert hideout to rescue 17 European tourists kidnapped several months ago by an extremist group linked to al-Qaeda but officials said more tourists were still being held captive by another “terrorist” gang. As relatives prepared Wednesday for emotional reunions with their freed loved ones in Austria and Germany, Berlin urged the Algerian authorities not to do anything to endanger the lives of the 15 adventure tourists still missing. Algerian army units freed the 17 — six Germans, 10 Austrians and one Swede — in an assault Tuesday on a hideout of the Muslim fundamentalist Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) near the Sahara’s largest city of Tamanrasset, the army said in a statement. Full Story

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