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Algerian officials have pledged a strong response to terrorism after a local group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State. Yesterday, the defense ministry announced that Algerian troops killed two militants and seized "two Kalashnikov rifles, a pair of binoculars, three grenades, cell phones and other items" in Jijel province on Oct. 26.
The Algerian Army arrested two terrorists last week, including a Mauritanian member of a terror group affiliated with the Islamic State. On Oct. 20, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal rejected the idea that the Islamic State has a presence in Algeria.
The Algerian military ambushed a group of Islamist "militants" in Biskra on Oct. 6 and killed three fighters. On Oct. 7, the military captured 20 "criminals," including 12 Sudanese and eight Chadians, in Tiririne near the borders with Niger.
The military killed five "criminals" and injured four others in an ambush near the border with Niger yesterday; all of the "criminals" were foreigners, and one was a Libyan. On Sept. 30, troops searching for the body of slain French tourist Herve Gourdel clashed with a terrorist group outside Aït Oualbane, between Tizi Ouzou et Bouiranear Tikjda.
Justice Minister Louh said Algerian authorities have identified the suspects who beheaded French tourist Hervé Gourdel on Sept. 24 in the Djurdjura Mountains. Gourdel was kidnapped on Sept. 21 by Jund al-Khalifa fi Ard al-Jazayer ("Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria"), a newly emerged terror group led by Abdelmalek El Gouri a.k.a. Khaled Abou Souleiman, a former AQIM commander who has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. Some 2,000 soldiers have been deployed to the area to search for Gourdel's body and to arrest the terrorist suspects; Louh said the investigation is continuing.
Jund al Khilifah, a splinter group from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb that joined the Islamic State, kidnapped a Frenchman in Kabylie on Sept. 21. The ministry of defense claimed it killed a "leading terrorist" with ties to al Qaeda during an operation in Kabylie.
The Air Force has stepped up security along the Libyan border in anticipation of terrorist attacks. A previously unknown group, Djound Al-Khilafa en Algerie (Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria) pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on Sept. 13; the group is said to have emerged from AQIM cells in central Algeria and to be led by Abdelmalek El Gouri a.k.a. Khaled Abou Souleiman.
Algeria has announced the release of the last of the hostages kidnapped in April 2012 from its consulate in Gao, Mali by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). Another hostage, consul Boualem Saies, died in captivity, and diplomat Tahar Touati was assassinated, according to the Foreign Ministry. The head of the Algerian Army met recently with the head of US Africa Command to discuss security cooperation and the instability in Libya.
Algerian forces surrounded a group of 20 fighters from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mali near Kenchele on Aug. 24, including several alleged senior al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leaders. Wanted Ansar al Sharia leader Sami Essid was said to be among 13 arrested who were planning attacks and also escapes for other detained terrorists. Essid has also served as al Qaeda's key operative in Italy.
Security forces sweeping terrorist cells in Tlemcen province killed two terrorists in Ouled Riyah and seized ammunition; the operation began after a tip-off. Algeria opened its borders to Egyptians fleeing Libya; the border to Libya had been closed since May 2013.