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A roadside bomb attack on a gendarmerie patrol killed two policemen and a civilian in Chabet El Ameur southeast of Boumerdes, the first attack in the town in nearly five years. Security sources estimate that fewer than 20 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated GSPC remain in Boumerdes province. The military killed two Islamists and seized rifles and grenades during a raid in Gouraya in Tipaza province last week. The Minister of Religious Affairs pardoned 30 imams in eastern Algeria who had refused to perform funeral prayers after the crash of a military plane in the area that killed 77 people, mostly soldiers and their families.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters killed 11 Algerian soldiers and wounded 11 more in an ambush in Tizi Ouzou. The Defense Ministry said 37 militants have been killed in Algeria since January.
Security forces killed three suspected terrorists in the mountainous Kabylie region yesterday, and seven others were reportedly killed over the weekend after they entered the country from Tunisia. An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander was killed recently in Tizi Ouzou. Seven people have died in clashes between Arabs and Berbers in the historic city of Gardhaia. Deputy Defense Minister Saleh vowed that security forces would purge Algeria of criminal terrorism.
Today security forces shot and killed three Islamist terrorists in Sidi Ali Bounab in the Kabylie region, an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb stronghold, and confiscated arms and ammunition. Security forces yesterday shot and killed an Islamist terrorist in an area between Boumerdes and Tizi-Ouzou, and seized a firearm and three bombs. A young man in Tizi-Ouzou lost a leg after stepping on an IED targeting security forces; a bomb in Afir was dismantled by security forces.
The army intercepted a shipment of 40 missiles, including Katyusha rockets and a number of surface-to-air Strela missiles, that was traveling from Libya toward Illizi. The weapons, which were being shipped by the "Southerners Movement for Justice" terrorist group headed by Abdul Salam Tarmone, were destroyed along with two vehicles.
A senior intelligence officer was accused of forming a criminal gang, arms trafficking, and committing grave security lapses that led to the In Amenas terrorist attack in 2013. An Algerian military transport plane crashed in the mountains in Oum El Bouaghi, killing 103 passengers; the crash is being blamed on bad weather. Prime Minister Sellal announced Algeria's support for the creation of AFRIPOL, an organization that would increase cooperation among the police of the African Union countries in confronting terrorism and organized crime, so as to eliminate the need for foreign intervention. Despite joining the UN's Human Rights Council in January, Algeria has ignored requests from rights organizations to visit the country.
A young man was killed and 30 people were injured in clashes in the southern province of Ghardaia. Since the clashes started over a month ago, at least 200 people have been injured, including 50 security force members, and over 80 buildings have been torched.
Algeria has adopted legislation to try to retake control of the thousands of extremist mosques in the country, forbidding their use for illicit personal or collective goals or to "harm people or groups." Last week Algeria offered new gas and oil concessions in the southwest and the north to international bidders, but foreign investment may be hampered by the government's refusal to allow companies to provide their own armed security, despite terrorists attacks like the In Amenas siege a year ago.
Algerian authorities denied Moroccan allegations that western border guards had expelled Syrians back to Morocco; they said the Syrians had not yet entered Algerian territory. The authorities also said between 250 and 300 Syrian refugees in Tlemcen currently receive aid from Algerian charities and citizens. Last week the Foreign Ministry denied reports that Syrians had been expelled from the country.