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Americans Still Hostage; US Won't Negotiate with Terrorists

Jan 18, 2013

Americans remain among those being held hostage in Algeria and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remained in contact with Algerian officials, the State Department said Friday.

Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland refused to provide details of the status of any U.S. hostages, including any who may have been freed, until the situation was resolved.

She dismissed suggestions by the militants that they would release hostages in exchange for Pakistani doctor Aafia Siddiqui, and Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted in the United States on terrorism charges.

"We do not negotiate with terrorists," Nuland said. "We're obviously in consultations with the Algerians."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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