Muslim terrorists attacked and hijacked a natural gas field operated by British Petroleum, Norway’s Statoil, Algeria’s Sonatrach and Japan’s JCG Corp in southern Algeria on Wednesday, killing at least two people and holding several foreign hostages, including Americans.

A Muslim terror organization took responsibility for the attack, which it said was saged in revenge for Algeria’s support of France’s military efforts against al-Qaida-linked rebels from Mali. Algeria apparently has permitted France to use its airspace to launch strikes against Malian rebels.

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Additional hostages are believed to hail from Ireland, Japan, the UK, and Norway.

Algerian forces surrounded the terrorists and began negotiating the release of the prisoners.

Aside from political goals, entrepreneurial terrorists have conducted kidnappings in the area in the past as a way of raising money, ransoming off their victims.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.