News Column

Texas Man Survives Algeria Hostage Standoff

Jan. 22, 2013

Lindsay Weaver

An Odessa man is one of seven Americans to survive the hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria according to a CBS network team. Three U.S. citizens have been killed in that attack, according to the Obama administration on Monday.

Bradley McDaniel, a drilling supervisor with BP-Algeria JV Gas located in Ain Amenas, Alegeria, was apparently one of the men to make it out of the attack alive.

The CBS Network team confirms, Al-Qaida linked militants captured 10 people from Texas last Wednesday at a natural gas plant in Ain Amenas, Algeria, and that McDaniel was one of the survivors.

According to his LinkedIn profile, McDaniel has worked for BP for five years. Before that he worked at Baker Hughes in Odessa for about four years as a senior field engineer.

A neighbor of the McDaniel family said he lives with his wife and two young children. No one answered the door when the Odessa American attempted to contact the McDaniel home Monday. The neighbor said the McDaniel family had lived at the home about two years.

BP responded to a request for comment on Monday afternoon: "Sorry. But we aren't commenting on the identity or nationality of any of the BP people who were involved in this incident," wrote Brett Clanton by email, a BP press officer.

The State Department confirmed that gas workers Victor Lynn Lovelady and Gordon Lee Rowan were killed at the Ain Amenas field in the Sahara. U.S. officials identified Texas resident Frederick Buttaccio as the first death last week.

A U.S. official had told The Associated Press earlier Monday that the FBI had recovered Lovelady's and Rowan's bodies and notified their families. The official had no details on how the Americans died, and their hometowns were not released.

Militants who attacked Ain Amenas had offered to release Lovelady and Rowan in exchange for the freedom of two prominent terror suspects jailed in the United States: Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind sheik convicted of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks and considered the spiritual leader of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted of shooting at two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

The Obama administration rejected the offer outright.

Source: (c)2013 Odessa American (Odessa, Texas) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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