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One of 12 terrorists killed by security forces in operations on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 was the al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir for the town of Bordj Menaïel in Boumerdès province. Security forces arrested two men who had been recruited by the al Qaeda-linked Signed in Blood Battalion to spy on the Id Amenas facility before it was attacked. A longtime terrorist named Aboul-Abbas was sentenced to life in prison.
Algerian troops killed four terrorists in Boukaal Medajadji in Chlef, and eight more in Timezrit in Boumerdès; three of the dead were wanted criminals. Bombs were defused and weapons were confiscated during the two operations.
The Interior Ministry refused to license the Free Awakening Front, the country's first Salafist party, which had sought to hold its founding convention on Feb. 16. The Id Amenas gas facility, the site of last month's terrorist assault, will partially reopen starting next week.
US and Algerian officials met in Algiers and agreed to cooperate in preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear materials and illicit weapons. The officials are concerned that nuclear stocks from the Gaddafi regime are "within the reach of armed Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb groups."
The military killed two terrorists in Ihnouchène near Tisi Ouzou on Feb. 11. The day before, an armed group tried to kidnap a trader in Ihessnaouen, south of Tizi-Ouzou, and shot the trader's mother after he fled.
The Algiers Criminal Court postponed the case of 48 suspected terrorists, including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir Abdelmalek Droukdel and the leader of al Ansar battalion "B.A." The defendants face charges related to "more than 20 collective massacres" and other terrorist acts. Security forces arrested 10 members of a weapons trafficking network in El Bahadh.
Algerian troops intercepted two al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb suicide bombers in Tinzouatine near the Malian border. The men, an Algerian and a Malian, had explosive belts and automatic weapons at the time of their arrest.
Algeria captured four heavily armed militants near its border with Mali. Al Qaeda fighters have tried to cross the border after a French offensive drove them from Mali's northern cities.
Algerian warplanes and attack helicopters repelled a three-hour coordinated assault on an army barracks by some 50 militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades. Two militants died in the assault and six soldiers were wounded; one militant was captured. Many of the attackers were Tunisian and Libyan and carried Libyan weapons.