At least 12 hostages dead in Algerian crisis

Twelve hostages and 18 kidnappers have been killed since Algeria's army launched an assault against the terrorists who seized hundreds of people at a gas complex.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said a Frenchman had been among those killed in the army assault.

The hostage-takers said they were still holding seven foreigners at the gas plant, part of which they blew up in order to push back Algerian forces.

They said the hostages remaining in captivity include three Belgians, two Americans, a Japanese citizen and a Briton.

But Belgium said none of its citizens were among the hostages.

Many hostages remain unaccounted for, amid growing global concern about the way the hostage crisis has been handled

The gunmen have demanded negotiations to end France's military intervention in neighbouring Mali against rebels