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One American is confirmed dead in Algeria hostage crisis

Posted By admin On January 19, 2013 @ 5:22 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Julian Pecquet
The Hill [1]
Jan 19, 2013

One American has been killed in the three-day hostage crisis in Algeria, The Associated Press isĀ reporting [2].

The remains of Frederick Buttaccio, a Texan, have been recovered and his family has been notified, U.S. officials told the wire service. It remains unclear when he was killed and whether any Americans remain captive.

Al Qaeda-linked militants said Wednesday they’d captured as many as seven Americans when they took over a natural-gas facility in the desert near the Libyan border. The Algerian government said its armed forces had rescued more than 600 hostages in a raid Thursday evening, but militants said air strikes had killed 35 of them, along with several of their captors.

The situation remained unresolved as of Friday afternoon, with reports that a handful of Islamists were still holed up with several hostages. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier on Friday that Americans were still being held captive.

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[1] The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/terrorism/278101-one-american-confirmed-dead-in-algeria-hostage-crisis

[2] reporting: http://www.startribune.com/nation/187473361.html?refer=y

[3] Hostage siege at Algeria gas plant not over: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hostage-siege-at-algeria-gas-plant-not-over.html

[4] Top BP Exec Killed In Algeria Hostage Crisis Was On Rare Visit To The Site: http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-bp-exec-killed-in-algeria-hostage-crisis-was-on-rare-visit-to-the-site.html

[5] Two Al Qaeda gunmen found dead inside Algeria gas plant were ‘Canadians’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/two-al-qaeda-gunmen-found-dead-inside-algeria-gas-plant-were-canadians.html

[6] Algerian forces launch operation to break desert siege: http://www.prisonplanet.com/algerian-forces-launch-operation-to-break-desert-siege.html

[7] Terror in North Africa: are Westerners pulling the strings?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/terror-in-north-africa-are-westerners-pulling-the-strings.html

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