Perhaps 35 hostages killed during a raid to rescue them. There was a French and Algerian military led raid. Right now there is no idea where the American hostages are. They and some Irish hostages may have escaped. This is a breaking story and the data right now is not clear. Moe Lane describes it appropriately as ugly.
More from TOM on what is happening in Algeria.
American Power: Algeria Hostage Crisis Brings World To North Africa...
One American Still Missing... (Update: There appears to be more missing)
The al Qaeda terrorists want to exchange held Amercians for Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (the "Blind Sheikh") and Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui
Hostage crisis ends with more deaths, details yet not known...
Liberated Mali town tells of horrors of Al Qaeda