Americans Taken Hostage in Algerian Attack
Seven believed to be among 41 taken at BP gas field
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 16, 2013 1:35 PM CST
BP's Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages, is seen in this photo released Jan. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/BP)

(Newser) – Americans were among the foreigners taken hostage today in an attack on a BP natural gas field in Algeria, US officials have confirmed. An al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retaliation for France's incursion into Mali, Reuters reports. The militants are still occupying the gas field, according to BP, and they say they have up to 41 hostages, including seven Americans. Two foreigners were also killed in the attack.

Hillary Clinton has called Algeria's prime minister to discuss the attack, and Leon Panetta publicly said that the US "will take all necessary and proper steps" to deal with the "terrorist attack," the AP reports. Algeria's interior minister today insisted that his government "will not respond to terrorist demands, and rejects all negotiations," according to CBS.

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Jan 16, 2013 10:05 PM CST
BP needs to hire an army of security guards for their natural gas field...and the rest of their assets to protect themselves from Al-Qaeda and/or affiliated Islamist groups. And it's not like they can't afford it. It's not up to the US military or America to defend/protect their assets, and especially not at American taxpayer expense.
Jan 16, 2013 7:13 PM CST
When one leaves this country to chase a buck in another one- they should take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences. We need to bring business home, safety is a better motivation for companies to do business here than cheaper labor. Lets make that one of the cuts in our spending where the deficit is concerned- no military action in countries that don't afford us a full-time unrestricted military presence. When you cross the border- your on your own !! Stop whining about getting caught up in a foreign conflict that you chose to leave the US and put your self in harms way!
Jan 16, 2013 7:08 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD .... If they weren't Frenchmen and Americans, Obama would send drones with missiles and bombs, to blow the place up, and kill everyone. --- Like Obama said, Al-Qaeda is on the run ... running through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Mali, Algeria, Somalia, Niger, Morocco, Chad, Iran, Lebanon, and the Sudan, and half of Asia and Africa, heading for Europe, and then the Americas. --- Will 'somebody' please tell that dumb-ass Obama ... Al-Qaeda isn't running from the US, they're running 'to' the US ... if they're running at all. The whole Islamic world is erupting in chaos and violence, and America is led by Obama, who hasn't got a clue, on what the hell is going on. --- Never in the history of the world has a leader tried to "lead from behind" ... but Obama is the first leader in history to try to do it. --- The greatest 'failure' is the leader .. who tries to "lead from behind" .. and continually confuses the people he's supposed to lead .. by "leading from behind, their behinds. Obama, the 'bad joke' who became America's President. --------- REALLY