Hostage-takers demand Algerian army pull out before talks

Islamist extremists holding 41 foreigners hostage at an Algerian gas field have demanded the army withdraw from the location so that negotiations can begin. 

The development came a day after a deadly attack.

The attackers said they were holding the foreigners hostage as reprisal for Algeria's cooperation in French operations in Mali. 

Algeria had opened its air space to French warplanes involved in an assault on extremists in neighbouring Mali. 

One Briton and an Algerian were killed when the hostage takers launched their attack on Wednesday.

The captives include French, British and Japanese citizens, as well as Americans. 

Algeria's government said the country would not negotiate with the "terrorists".