7 Americans held hostage in Algeria: Al-Qaeda link

7 Americans held hostage in Algeria: Al-Qaeda link

Islamist militants attacked and occupied a natural gas field partly operated by BP in southern Algeria early Wednesday, killing two foreigners and holding possibly dozens of others, including Americans, hostage while surrounded by Algerian forces.

A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Algeria’s support of France’s operation against al-Qaeda-linked Malian rebels groups far to the southeast. It said it was holding 41 foreigners, including seven Americans.

In a statement BP said the site was “attacked and occupied by a group of unidentified armed people,” and some of its personnel are believed to be “held by the occupiers.”

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