“By all indications this is a terrorist act…” – Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

THE REPORT comes from CNN and has been confirmed by BP.

Islamists angry over Algiers’ support for the French offensive in Mali attacked an Algerian gas field, caused casualties and seized more than 40 foreign hostages, North African media outlets reported Wednesday.

At least one foreigner died in the terrorist attack on the In Amenas field near the Libyan border in the east, Algeria’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday. Algerian media later reported a second person, a British national, was killed as well.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed the incident and said some Americans were among the hostages, but gave no further details.

USA Today is also reporting a number of Americans are among those taken hostage by Islamic terrorists linked to al-Qaeda, but few details have been substantiated at this point.

Reuters reports that Secretary Hillary Clinton is in contact with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and the U.S. ambassador in Algeria.