US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Algeria hostages: Act of 'wanton terrorism'

US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta has called the hostage situation in Algeria a "wanton terrorist act" with no justification.

Although many hostages have been freed at the remote In Amenas gas plant, some 30 foreigners are still unaccounted for.

Mr Panetta said it was clear that al-Qaeda must not be allowed to establish "a hiding place from which to conduct these kinds of terrorist acts" in North Africa.

  • 19 Jan 2013
Go to next video: Algeria crisis is 'top priority'