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President Bouteflika called for the "utmost vigilance" against terrorism and urged support for the military's ongoing efforts, in the wake of "a dangerous infiltration attempt by a heavily armed terrorist group, whose elements are from Mali, Libya, and Tunisia" that was recently foiled by security forces near Tinzaouatine in Tamanrasset. The operation is ongoing. On May 1, France deported an Algerian jihadist who was arrested by Turkish police along with five other would-be fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham as they traveled on a bus toward Aleppo.
The Defense Ministry announced that 10 militants have been killed so far in an ongoing operation in Tamanrasset. Security forces also seized 12 Kalashnikovs, an RPG-7 rocket launcher, a GP58 grenade launcher, three ATVs, two motorcycles, and other items, including ammunition. Weapons were also found buried in the Col of Anai area.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed the April 19 ambush of an Algerian army convoy near Tizi Ouzou in Kabylie. The latest US State Department worldwide terrorism report said that in 2013 Algerian forces had "decreased the number of successful terrorist attacks, sustained pressure on AQMI group's Algeria-based leadership ... and further isolated AQMI."
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.