Reports of the number of casualties and hostages taken by Islamic militants at a...

|By:, SA News Editor

Reports of the number of casualties and hostages taken by Islamic militants at a Western-operated gas field in Algeria vary widely. Reports have said 41 foreigners were kidnapped, but a later report said 150 employees of a French catering firm also were being held. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Americans were among the hostages, but the number of Americans held wasn't known.