WASHINGTON D.C. -- One of the three American victims reportedly killed during last week's terrorist attack on an oil field in Algeria is originally from Baker County, Oregon, state officials said Monday.
U.S. Representative Greg Walden from Oregon's 2nd District said Baker County resident Gordan Rowan from Sumpter, Oregon was killed last week at a gas operation in Amenas, near the Libyan border.
The three Americans were among dozens of foreign nationals kidnapped by heavily armed militants who attacked the gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, U.S. officials said.
A militant group claimed the raid was launched in retaliation for France's military intervention in neighboring Mali, Reuters reported, citing local media.
The hostage situation, described as a "terrorist attack" by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, was unfolding at a gas operation at In Amenas — a joint venture including oil giant BP, the Norwegian oil firm Statoil and the Algerian state company Sonatrach.
BP said in a statement that the site was "attacked and occupied by a group of unidentified armed people."
Reuters said that according to regional media reports, the raiders killed three people, including a Briton and a French national. At time, Reuters did not report the citizenship of the third person.
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