Colorado Man Rescued From Algerian Natural Gas Plant After Hiding From Terrorists
ELBERT, Colo. (CBS4)– A man from Elbert was flown out of Algeria Friday night after hiding from terrorists who attacked a remote natural gas complex.
Steven Wysocki hid for three days from terrorists who attacked the facility in Algeria’s Sahara Desert on Wednesday.
Wysocki was working at the facility as a production supervisor before he was flown out on a plane to Germany on Friday.
He and his wife own a farm in Elbert.
An American from Texas has been found dead at the complex. He has been identified as Frederick Buttaccio. It’s not clear how he died.
The Obama administration has confirmed that Americans are still being held hostage by the Islamic militants who attacked the facility.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she has urged Algeria’s prime minister to try to protect the remaining hostages as Algeria works to end the hostage standoff.
U.S. officials aren’t confirming the number of Americans who are still being held or are unaccounted for.
They are flatly rejecting an offer from the militants. The hostage-takers offered to free two American hostages in exchange for the release of two men in prison in the United States — including a blind sheikh who was convicted of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks. A State Department spokeswoman says, “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.”
Algeria’s state news service reports that 12 hostages have been killed since the start of an Algerian rescue effort yesterday. The news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants were free — but questions remained about the fate of the others.