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Americans taken hostage in Algeria

At least three Americans are being held hostage in Algeria.

ABC sources confirm that they were abducted during an attack on a BP oil field operated by the African nation.

Sources are telling ABC News that Alqeada linked militants are claiming responsibility.

Wednesday afternoon, the state department said three Americans were among the 12 taken hostage but was careful not to give any other information.

"In order to protect their safety, I'm not going to get into numbers, I'm not going to get into names, I'm not going to get into any further details as we continue to on this issue with Algerian authorities and also their employers," said Victoria Nuland, State Department Spokesperson.

It is believed a number of British, Japanese and French nationals are also being held hostage.

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