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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said 'we don't have any reason to doubt AQIM's (al-Qaida's North Africa affiliate) ...
involvement' in the deadly terrorist attack last week at a natural gas complex. (Jan. 22)
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SHOTLIST:POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington - January 22, 20131. SOUNDBITE: Victoria Nuland/State Department spokeswoman"first and foremost we have to underscore that the blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out. That we condemn this terrorist action in the strongest possible terms. We recognize that the government of algeria was dealing with a ruthless terrorist operation - people as we said on friday who have no respect for human life - we in our communications with the algerians the secretary made clear both on thursday and friday urged them at every turn to do what they could in this difficult situation to protect the lives of the innocent. We are moving forward working with the algerians to get a fuller understanding of exactly what took place, how the terrorists were able to seize control of the facility, the decisions that the algerians made and the context of the dealing with this brutal attack. We also offered to be helpful in the investigation, obviously as the fbi already made clear, they have an open investigation into the matter. And they will conduct that in coordination with algerian officials and other relevant partners.Reporter: you referred to the terrorists, you don't say aqim at this point. are you not sure who was responsible? nuland: well AQIM has claimed responsibility for the attack. we're obviously as i said in consultation with the government of algeria to try to gain a fuller understanding of what took place of who they deem to be responsible. we don't have any reason to doubt aqim inovlvement in this attack."(****END****)