"My heart goes out to all of the hostages and especially the American citizens involved in this heinous terrorist attack that has unfolded in Algeria. The arm of Al Qaeda's terror network in North Africa has now reached into my home state. Mr. Frederick Buttaccio, a resident of Katy, TX, which I have represented my entire congressional career, is among the victims.
"Al Qaeda in North Africa is a security threat we cannot afford to underestimate. This region is the next frontier in the War on Terror. The mission of these Islamist extremists to kill Americans and disrupt our way of life has not changed, and our efforts to defend the homeland, both at home and abroad, must reflect this reality.
"I am continuing to monitor the developments on the ground in Algeria and will continue to pray for all of those involved."