January 22nd, 2013
09:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama's response to Algeria crisis: "Blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists"

Erin Burnett discusses President Obama's handling of the Algeria hostage crisis. The President issued a paper statement, while Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out at least three times against the militant terrorist attack.

"The world needs to come together to deal with this threat in North Africa," Cameron said on the 20th of January.

Britain, like the United States, has lost three citizens in the crisis.

OutFront tonight: Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware - chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.

At least 37 hostages killed in Algeria gas plant standoff, prime minister says

At least 37 hostages died in the terrorist seizure of a natural gas facility in eastern Algeria and the subsequent special forces assaults on it, the country's prime minister said Monday.

Five other hostages are missing from the In Amenas complex and could be dead, Prime Minister Abdul Malek Sallal said.

Before Sallal's statement, officials from other countries and companies that employed foreign workers at the sprawling plant had confirmed 29 hostage deaths.

Seven of the 37 confirmed dead haven't been identified yet, according to the prime minister. Those who have been identified include seven Japanese, six Filipinos, three Americans, three Britons and one Algerian, officials from those countries said.

Some 29 militants also died, while three were captured, Sallal said, according to the state-run Algerian Press Service.


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