Algeria

One American dead in hostage siege in Algeria

by FOXNews.com  |  published on January 20, 2013

Algerian authorities gave no indication of how many people were still captive at natural gas complex in Algeria the day after an American worker was found dead at the plant and the U.S. sought to secure the release of Americans still being held by Al Qaeda-linked terrorists.

Frederick Buttaccio, a Texas resident, died of a heart attack during a raid by the Algerian military to end the standoff, Fox News confirmed Friday. The general manager of the complex, Mark Cobb, also of Texas, was able to escape with members of his Algerian staff and is safe.

A spokesman for the Buttaccio family in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, declined to comment.

“We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Frederick Buttaccio in the hostage situation in Algeria,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”

It was not immediately clear whether Buttaccio was the only American killed in the hostage standoff.

U.S. officials told The Associated Press that Buttaccio’s remains were recovered Friday. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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