At least three Americans were killed in the Algerian terrorist attack on a gas plant last week. Unlike the attack in Benghazi, the State Department did not blame an anti-Muhammad video.
Via USA Today:
Three Americans were among 38 workers killed in the siege of an Algerian gas plant in which Islamic terrorists used hostages as human shields after their attempted mass kidnapping for ransom went awry, U.S. and Algerian officials said Monday.
The State Department on Monday said Americans Victor Lynn Lovelady, Gordon Lee Rowan and Frederick Buttaccio died in the four-day standoff between a Muslim jihadist group and the Algerian military.
“As the president said, the blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
According to the International Business Times, the terrorists may have also trained in Libya:
Islamist militants who attacked the Algerian gas complex of In Amenas were trained in jihadist camps across the border in southern Libya, according to local sources.
The recovered bodies of terrorists killed in the counter-attack by Algerian security forces include three Egyptians, two Tunisians, two Libyans, a Malian and a French citizens, a security source told Reuters.
It is believed that the terrorists crossed the border from Libya to launch the attack. One of the leaders of the group was Abou al-Barra, a long-time jihadist activist.
CNN seems to have similar sources:
A U.S. official told CNN Wednesday that the hostage-takers appeared to have crossed the Libyan border — some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the gas complex — to carry out the attack.
Libyan authorities have been aware for some time of the existence of three militant camps south of the desert town of Sabha, not far from the Algerian border, a regional security source told CNN.
The source said the leader of one of those camps was a Libyan veteran of the 1980s Afghan war.
To what extent is the Obama administration’s foreign policy responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and now three in Algeria? Whatever the answer may be, it’s obviously more responsible than the video.