US official: 2 more Americans die in Algeria
A U.S. official says two more Americans were killed in the hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, taking the final U.S. death toll to three U.S. citizens.
Seven Americans made it out safely.
The official said Monday that the FBI had recovered the bodies of the Americans and notified their families.
The official had no details on how the Americans died. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
"This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. In the coming days, we will remain in close touch with the Government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of what took place so that we can work together to prevent tragedies like this in the future," President Obama said in a statement Saturday.
Algeria's prime minister says two Canadian nationals were among the band of al-Qaida-linked militants who stormed the natural gas complex and took hundreds of workers hostage.
Abdelmalek Sellal did not say Monday whether the Canadians were among the 29 militants killed by Algerian forces that stormed the site, or the three who were captured alive.
At least 37 hostages died in the attack, with five more unaccounted for, according to Algeria. The dead include seven Japanese citizens, Japan said Monday.
The militants had said during the four-day standoff that their band included people from Canada, and hostages who escaped recalled hearing at least one of the militants speaking English with a North American accent.
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