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Two bombs were set by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in advance of Prime Minister Sellal's visit to Tizi Ouzou; one bomb detonated but caused no injuries and the other was dismantled. In desert operations, security forces recently killed 22 militants from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Ansar Dine. Five militants trying to infiltrate the country at Bordj Badji Mokhtar were killed by police. President Bouteflika returned to Algeria after nearly three months in a French hospital. Locals in the Kaybylie region have complained about the recent incursion of Salafist imams.
Authorities announced increased counterterrorism measures to be taken throughout the country during Ramadan and later this summer. At least 10 members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were killed by security forces in recent operations in Bouira, Bordj Bou Arreridj, and Drâa Ben Khedda.
At the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, presidential advisor Kamel Rezzag Bara stressed the global implications of growing terrorist activity in the Sahel. African Union envoy Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira urged greater participation by the UN, the AU, and the European Union in addressing the problem. EU envoy Gilles De Kerchove warned that interactions between terrorists and criminal networks were making both stronger, and said the EU was sending 60 border control trainers to southern Libya, which is becoming a "sanctuary for terrorist groups."
The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an al Qaeda splinter group, offered to swap a kidnapped Algerian diplomat for three Islamist fighters being held in Algeria. Presidential advisor Kamal Rezzag Bara refused the offer, saying that Algeria does not negotiate with or make concessions to terrorists. MUJAO kidnapped seven Algerian consular staff members in Mali in April 2012; one has been killed, three have been released, and three are still being held captive.
Foreign Minister Medelci said Algeria and Tunisia are coordinating to secure their shared border, under a security plan implemented three weeks ago. Some 20 key border crossings in the southern region have been identified among over 80 used by terrorists and weapons smugglers. Interior Minister Kabila said Tunisia is now confronting al Qaeda-linked militants near its southern border with Algeria who entered Tunisia from Mali, but that "Algeria doesn't intervene in Tunisian affairs."
Security forces arrested three Tunisian members of Ansar al Sharia in El Taref as they attempted to enter Algerian territory using false passports and traveling in two vehicles. They were wanted in connection with recent events in Kairouan and Ettadhamen City. Four men who kidnapped 32 European tourists and broke into an Algerian prison in 1994, freeing 1,200 prisoners, will appear in court on May 28; the four said the attacks were planned by a terrorist group headed by Nabil Sahraoui alias Abu Ibrahim.