ALGERIA

One American Dead in Hostage Siege

BP/AP

In this undated image released Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, by BP petroleum company, showing the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria.

Officials have confirmed that one American is dead after the hostage standoff in Algeria Thursday. Officials say the American was a Texas resident, and that it is still unclear how he died. They also confirmed that two Americans escaped, and that five Americans in total were at the plant. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta brought a bit of much-needed clarity to the crisis Friday when he confirmed to ABC's Martha Raddatz in an interview that the attack and hostage taking had been carried out by terrorists linked to al Qaeda. “We’ve faced this kind of terrorism from al Qaeda beginning with 9/11,” he told Raddatz.