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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.
The military killed 11 terrorists in operations in Hassi R'mel, El Oued, Bata, Ouacifs, and Lakhdaria. Over 50,000 security forces have been deployed along the borders with Libya, Mali, and Niger in eight southern provinces after reports of possible terrorist attacks on the anniversary of the al Qaeda attack on the In Amenas gas complex.
A key official said Libyan border areas are lawless, and that the terrorist group led by Mohamed Lamine Bencheneb, who was killed last year, is still active in the Libyan border town of Ghad and is suspected of planning a revenge attack. Algerian authorities recently gave their Libyan counterparts a map showing the presence of the terrorist group in the region. Statoil and British Petroleum, whose facilities were targeted by terrorists on Jan. 16, 2013, have reached an agreement with Algerian authorities to reopen the Tiguentourine gas plant once additional security measures have been implemented.
The army killed two al Qaeda-linked terrorists during an ambush in Tizi Ouzou province yesterday. Military uniforms and bomb-making materials were found during the operation.
Algerian military helicopters killed Khalil Ould Addah a.k.a. Abu Bassen, a Mauritanian who served in a key position in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in an attack in Tamanrasset province. Addah was killed along with four associates as they drove in two all-terrain vehicles across the desert from Mali on their way to a meeting of top AQIM officials. A Syrian refugee was recently convicted in absentia of recruiting Algerian fighters for the Ansar al-Sham jihadist group in Syria. Several jihadist recruiting cells have been dismantled, but some Algerians have gone to Syria to fight.
Five terrorists were killed in a clash with security forces near Debdeb on Nov. 12, and two terrorists from a Malian cell of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's group were arrested in Borj Baji Mokhtar on Nov. 1 on their way to northern Mali. Algeria reaffirmed its commitment to a border security plan made in March 2012 in Tripoli. The military is continuing to monitor Algeria's southern and eastern borders to prevent infiltration of al Qaeda-linked terrorists.