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An Algerian court has issued a letter of request for Moroccan judicial authorities to provide the identity of an Algerian arrested as a suspect in the jihadist murder of French hiker Hervé Gourdel. People's National Army forces arrested three smugglers in the areas of Bordj Badji Mokhtar and In Guezam. The Algerian parliament passed a bill aimed at stopping terrorist financing.
The People's National Army arrested a terrorist and captured "a quantity of munitions and a pump-action shotgun" in the commune of Lakhdari 122 km east of Algiers.The Minister of Justice said that "Algeria ... must fill counterterrorism loopholes contained in its Legislation." Algeria and Nigeria jointly called for a political solution to the conflict in Libya.
Algeria has strengthened border security in anticipation of the anniversary of the Tiguentourine gas plant siege, and last week announced the disruption of a terrorist cel that had plans to attack oil and gas facilities. The army also arrested "twelve smugglers of different nationalities," seizing "vehicles, trucks and foodstuffs" on Jan. 19 and 20 in the south of the country. The government has introduced a bill intended to disrupt financing of terrorist groups. The Foreign Ministry urged warring Yemeni parties to reach accord in that conflict.
Officials announced a plan to monitor the illicit transit of nuclear material across its borders. Authorities also announced that Moroccan residents will no longer be able to get permanent resident visas due to security concerns, and expressed approval of a Libyan ceasefire.
The Algerian Army recovered the body of French hiker Hervé Gourdel, who was abducted from the town of Akbil and beheaded by Islamic State-affiliated jihadists. The defense ministry announced the arrest of 12 suspected terrorists during operations conducted in the southern part of the country.
A source in the Algerian security forces said that Sharif and Said Kouachi, the French brothers of Algerian heritage responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre, had never visited the country. Other sources said the brothers' father, who "hailed from Algeria's eastern province of Souk Ahras," had not visited the country in 20 years.
Algeria deployed 4,000 troops along the borders with Libya and Niger in a counterterrorism operation begun on Dec. 21. Authorities arrested 12 suspected jihadists traveling to Syria to fight for the Islamic State.
The Algerian justice minister announced that security forces have found and killed a second terrorist involved in the beheading of French hiker Herve Gourdel in September. The jihadist purportedly was a member of the Jund al-Khilafa group, which had claimed responsibility for the murder.
An Algerian court acquitted a former inmate of Guantanamo Bay on terrorism charges due to insufficient evidence. The Algerian Director of the African Department at the Foreign Affairs Ministry pledged "to support all the actions and initiatives which can ... contribute to definitively defeat this terrible scourge (terrorism)" during the opening of a meeting by the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism.
The Algerian Army captured over 50 foreign smugglers along the country's border with Niger. The defense ministry stated that the operation was part of an effort to prevent Islamist attacks.
Algeria's justice minister announced that last month the army killed a man suspected to be involved in the September beheading of French hiker Herve Gourdel. Gourdel was killed by jihadists with Jund al-Khilafa, a group linked to the Islamic State.
"Four terrorists dressed in Afghan-style clothes" and armed with Kalashnikovs stole a vehicle in Bouira and then fled on Nov. 21. Two "terrorists" were killed in Tipza; "guns, ammunition, mobile phones and other equipment" were captured, according to the government.