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Spain evacuated foreign aid workers from refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria due to "growing insecurity" caused by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali. Twelve Spaniards, two Frenchmen, and an Italian are being flown to Madrid.
The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa has freed two Spanish and an Italian hostage. The three aid workers were kidnapped in Tindouf, Algeria in October 2011. A man who was arrested in connection with the kidnapping was freed by the Algerian government.
The interior minister said that the military has killed 18 al Qaeda fighters in Tizi Ouzou province in the Kabylia region over the past two weeks. The minister said terror cells in the mountainous region are supported by local residents.
Algerian military forces engaged in a firefight with al Qaeda fighters in the Kabylia region, killing 12 militants and seizing weapons including rockets. The militants are believed to have carried out a recent attack on police barracks in Ouacifs.
Armed men killed two policemen and wounded three civilians in an attack on police barracks in Ouacifs. The town is near Tizi Ouzou, where al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is known to operate.
Security forces intercepted a Jeep near the Libyan border that was carrying five suspected members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, along with weapons including antitank missiles and submachine guns. In the ensuing gunbattle, three militants were killed, two were captured, and documents belonging to AQIM leadership were confiscated.
An Algerian Islamist leader threatened a Tunisian-type revolt. The threat came after parliamentary elections in which opposition parties claimed widespread fraud by the government.