Texas Man Among Hostages In Algeria; Reported To Be ‘Alive And Well’
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A man from Texas who was taken hostage along with others, by Islamist militants at a gas plant where he’s working in Algeria, is reportedly “alive and well”. The man’s family received a call from the the State Department on Friday confirming such. The man is from Nederland, Texas.
The family of the man received a call from the State Department around 7 a.m. confirming that he was well after other reports indicated that some of the hostages and militants died when Algerian forces tried to free the hostages during a raid on the plant Thursday.
Additional reports indicate that the man’s family is receiving an outpouring of support from local residents and community leaders as they await the safe return of the man.
According to Algeria’s state news service, approximately 100 out of the 132 foreign hostages kidnapped by Islamist militants, have been freed from the gas plant.
Algerian special forces had freed 650 hostages from Islamist militants who seized the gas plant; however, the fate of a few of the foreign workers was unclear at the time of this report.
The gas plant is in a remote field that is approximately 60 kilometers (or 37 miles) west of the Libyan border and 1,300 kilometers (or about 800 miles) from the Algerian capital, Algiers.
The gas plant is operated by Algerian state oil company Sonatrach in collobration with Britain’s BP and Norway’s Statoil.