U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is calling the kidnapping of Americans in Algeria is a terrorist attack.
Algeria's interior minister says Islamists angry over Algeria's support for the French offensive in Mali attacked an oil field in southern Algeria today, killing two people and seizing a number of hostages.
The exact number of U.S. hostages is unclear - the U.S. government says perhaps as few as three American are being held.
OutFront tonight: Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
He called the terrorist attack in AlgeriaÂ "the latest demonstration of a large and growing radical movement across North Africa."
Rep. Royce also supports the French offensive against the militants in Mali.