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3 Americans die in Algeria attack, 7 survive

Tuesday - 1/22/2013, 10:12am  ET

Former President Bill Clinton, left, greets Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, center, during a luncheon after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Others are House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., back left, and State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three U.S. citizens were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, while seven Americans made it out safely, Obama administration officials said Monday.

The State Department confirmed that gas workers Victor Lynn Lovelady of Houston, Texas, and Gordon Lee Rowan were killed at the Ain Amenas field in the Sahara. U.S. officials identified Texas resident Frederick Buttaccio as the first death last week.

"I'm glad we were able to get some rescued, but we did lose three Americans," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said as he was leaving the Capitol, where he attended President Barack Obama's second inauguration. "That just tells us that al-Qaida is committed to creating terror wherever they are and we've got to fight back."

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