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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.
Foreign Minister Medelci claimed that the Algerian diplomats held hostage in Mali by the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa are "in a safe place." The army has beefed up security along its border with Mali in an attempt to prevent fleeing militants from entering Algeria.
The UK and Algeria agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership by sharing intelligence and cooperating in counterterrorism. The Islamic Front of Justice and Development party questioned the government about opening its airspace to foreign warplanes for the military intervention in Mali. The Id Amenas gas facility is set to reopen in a month at one-third capacity.