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Four civilians were killed and 10 more were wounded, some critically, in an IED attack on a road outside of Algiers. Security forces seized a large weapons cache near In Amenas which included "shoulder fired missiles" thought to have been smuggled from Lybia.
Algeria has begun the trial of Mukhtar Belmukhtar, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's leader in southern Algeria. Belmukhtar and four other AQIM fighters are being tried in absentia for acts of terrorism. Five other AQIM fighters on trial are in custody.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters kidnapped the governor of Illizi in the southeastern region of Algeria near the Libyan border. The AQIM fighters are thought to have taken the governor across the border into Libya.
Military officials claimed they have killed a top Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader. Mohand Ouramdane and his second in command were reportedly killed in an ambush by Algerian troops in the town of Azib Ahmed, about 3 km east of Tizi Ouzou. An Algerian court sentenced in absentia Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most radical AQIM leaders, to life in prison for creating "an international terror group."
Security forces killed six "armed men" and detained 12 more during an operation in Tebessa in southern Algeria. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has strongholds in the area.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb kidnapped three aid workers, two Spaniards and an Italian, from a refugee camp near Tindouf. One of the Spanish hostages was wounded during the kidnapping.