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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.
Three soldiers and four municipal guards were killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in the western province of Sidi Bel Abbes yesterday. Al Qaeda-linked militants are suspected in the attack.
The US Embassy in Algiers warned that a "terrorist group" may attack near US-owned or operated hotels in Algeria on July 4 (US Independence Day) or July 5 (Algeria's Independence Day). A Tunisian official recently told an Algerian news outlet that Mokhtar Belmokhtar a.k.a. Belaouer is currently in Libya, where he is allegedly trying to control North African jihadist activity and has recruited fighters returning from Syria.
Security forces dismantled a terrorist cell in El Oued in Souf, near the Tunisian border, that was financing jihadists across the border in Kasserine. Eleven people were arrested and 115,000 euros was seized during the raid.
At least 11 policemen were injured in clashes in the Saharan city of Ghardiaia over the weekend. Fighting between Malakites and Ibadites has raged in the area since December, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 400; some blame religious extremists, including Salafists, for the ongoing conflict. Foreign Minister Lamamra claimed that Algeria is making "huge efforts" to secure its borders, but replied evasively when questioned about the presence of jihadists in Algeria.