Saturday, January 19, 2013

One American dead in Algeria hostage crisis

U.S. officials confirmed Friday that one American has died in the hostage standoff at the Algerian natural gas field, The Associated Press reported, though reliable details about the terror attack there remained elusive.

The AP said the dead American was Frederick Buttaccio of Texas, that his remains had been “recovered” and his family notified, but “it is unclear how he died.”

The report was one of the few solid confirmations of fact about the terrorist attack at the In Amenas field, which has been the subject of wildly different news accounts that have whipsawed from optimistic to dire.


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