Algerian police monitor as body bags of victims that were killed during the hostage crisis at a desert gas plant in Algeria's deep south are unloaded from refrigerated trucks.

Terrorists who attacked the Amenas gas plant in Algeria also took part in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya, it was claimed on Wednesday.

An Algerian security official told The New York Times that three of the surviving terrorists said they were aided by Egyptian extremists who were involved in the September 11 attack on the US consulate in eastern Libya.

The Egyptians were reportedly all killed during the special forces assault on the gas plant and Hillary Clinton, the outgoing Secretary of State, said on Wednesday that the US was still investigating the link.

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