SHOTLIST:

ENHARA TV - NO ACCESS ALGERIA

Various - Jan. 17, 2013

1. Algerian television images

AP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLY

2. STILLs of gas plant complex

AP GRAPHICS - AP CLIENTS ONLY

3. Map of Algeria

STORYLINE:

IN ALGERIA ... ISLAMIC MILITANTS SAY 35 HOSTAGES ARE DEAD ... BUT SEVEN ARE STILL ALIVE AFTER ALGERIAN MILITARY HELICOPTERS HIT THIS GAS COMPLEX DEEP IN THE SAHARA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MASKED BRIGADE ... CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK ON THE GAS PLANT ... SAYS THE SURVIVORS INCLUDED TWO AMERICANS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAYS THE KIDNAPPERS WERE ATTACKED BY ALGERIAN HELICOPTERS AS THEY TRIED TO LEAVE.

THE ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT IS NOT COMMENTING ON THE REPORTS ... AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COULD NOT VERIFY THE INFORMATION INDEPENDENTLY.

MILITANTS STORMED THE COMPLEX ... OPERATED BY B-P ... IN THE AMENAS NATURAL GAS FIELD IN EAST CENTRAL ALGERIA ... SEIZING UP TO 41 FOREIGN HOSTAGES. ALGERIAN FORCES THEN SURROUNDED THE PLANT ... WITH THE MILITANTS REJECTING DEMANDS FOR SAFE PASSAGE.

LEE POWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS