American hostages seized in attack on gas facility in Algeria

American hostages seized in attack on gas facility in Algeria

An unspecified number of Americans were taken hostage by Islamist guerrillas early Wednesday in a brazen attack on a remote gas-production facility in Algeria, the U.S. State Department said.

The attack -- which reportedly resulted in the death of two people and the capture of several dozen foreign workers, most of them European -- appeared to be retaliation for Algeria's decision to allow France to use its airspace to send warplanes to neighboring Mali, where French forces have been conducting airstrikes and support operations to aid Malian troops in their battle against Islamic insurgents.

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