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7 Americans believed held hostage in Algeria attack

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Islamist militants attacked and occupied a natural gas field partly operated by BP in southern Algeria early Wednesday, killing two people and holding foreigners hostage while surrounded by Algerian forces. A militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Algeria’s support of France’s operation against al-Qaida-linked Malian rebels groups far to the southeast. It said it was holding dozens of foreigners hostage. UPDATE: The militant group claims 7 Americans are ...

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