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The Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013.

Algeria hostage crisis ends; Katy man killed

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Katy resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in the attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria. Another Houston-area man also was taken captive. His fate is unknown.
The Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix)

Feds: Americans remain hostage at Algeria natural gas facility

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A State Department spokeswoman said Friday that hostages are still being held, but did not provide details on the condition of any of them, including a Houston engineer who was among the captives.