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Algeria denies hostages freed

The Algerian army has denied reports that more European tourists being held hostage in the Sahara desert have been freed from captivity. Earlier, military sources quoted by German media said all 15 people in the group – 10 Germans, four Swiss and one Dutch – had been released and were on their way to the capital Algiers. But later on Monday the Algerian military firmly denied that any hostages had been freed. Efforts to secure their release were continuing, the army said, quoted by news agencies. German media had reported that the tourists were released in a dawn raid, near the town of Ilizu, 1,500 kilometres east of Algiers. The first group of freed hostages – 10 Austrians, six Germans and a Swede – arrived home last Wednesday after being rescued by commandos. Full Story

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