Forty-one hostages—including an unspecified number of Americans—were seized by militants at a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department confirmed. Specific details concering the Americans in custody have yet to be released, a move the State Department deems necessary to “protect their safety.” Described by the State Department as a terrorist attack, the incident allegedly took place at a gas operation in In Aménas, a joint-venture operation that includes BP. Citing two Mauritania-based news agencies, Reuters places the blame on Islamic militants, most likely retaliating against France for its intervention in Mali.
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