Sources tell FOX News that at least two Americans have been safely freed during a rescue operation after being taken hostage by terrorists at a natural gas field in Algeria. The are reports in Algeria that the rescue operation has ended; there is no word on the outcome.
FOX News Radio's Simon Owen reports:
Sources say these two escaped unharmed and are now leaving Algeria. However, it's thought at least one other American is still being held at a gas field attacked by militants. They claimed to have 41 Western hostages and there are reports of deaths after the Algerian army attacked the base.
Here in London, the Prime Minister David Cameron says it's "an extremely difficult situation."
(Prime Minister Cameron) "I think we have to prepare ourselves for the possibility of bad news ahead."
And French President Francois Hollande says the crisis seems to be heading towards a dramatic end.
In London, Simon Owen, FOX News Radio.
As the rescue operation unfolded in Algeria, conflicting reports on exactly what was happening and how it was going left many families anxiously waiting for concrete news.
FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:
An Algerian Special Forces mission is said to have freed dozens of hostages held at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert. Algerian state television reporting just four hostages were killed, along with many militants. But the militant group claiming responsibility says at least 35 hostages were killed in the rescue attempt.
Despite an unarmed U.S. drone hovering above, officials here in Washington admit little knowledge of what happened on the ground in Algeria. As many as seven Americans are believed to have been among those taken during the militant raid of a British Petroleum gas plant.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.