With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here's a screen grab:
Earlier in the day, however, the American embassy in Algeria did acknowledge the hostage crisis. The embassy posts on Facebook a statement given by State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland:
State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said yesterday, "We condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on British Petroleum personnel and facilities at In Amenas. We are obviously closely monitoring the situation. We’re in contact with Algerian authorities and our diplomatic counterparts in Algiers, as well as with BP’s security office in London."
But that post was preceded with this one, saying, "Good morning, everyone!"
Both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have been silent on the issue, so far.
For more information on what's happening, Reuters reports:
Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded.
The standoff began when gunmen calling themselves the Battalion of Blood stormed the gas facility on Wednesday morning. They said they were holding 41 foreigners and demanded a halt to a French military operation against fellow al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in neighboring Mali.
The raid increased fears that jihadist militants could launch further attacks in Algeria, a vast desert country with large oil and gas reserves that is only just recovering from a protracted conflict with Islamist rebels during the 1990s which cost an estimated 200,000 lives.