British hostage crisis at a remote Algerian gas plant field in the Sahara desert near the border with Libya is still continues as enter its fourth day.
Refused to surrender, Islamic militants has hold more than dozens of foreign who are hold in a hostage-taking raid this week on Saturday, demanding an end to French operation in Mali.
About 30 foreigners remain unaccounted for and among those who have been killed was an American man from Texas, reports said.
“We can confirm the death of US citizen Frederick Buttaccio in the hostage situation in Algeria,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters.
No negotiations have been held, no talks with the militants, a senior Algerian government official said.
The group led to the Mokhtar Belmokhtar who linked with Al Qaeda has boarded with heavily armed with machineguns, assault rifles and missiles.
To freed American hostages, the govt will have to free their companies who are held in US prison, the Islamist demanded, as sources said.
US are in touch with its Algerian counterpart as well as other nations to assist in ending the hostage crisis.
“I spoke with the Algerian Prime Minister again this morning to get an update on this very difficult situation and to underscore, again, that the utmost care must be taken to preserve innocent life,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Washington at a joint news conference.