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A terrorist cell based in Boumerdes has been dismantled after it was discovered that it planned to attack foreign vessels off the Algerian coast. An arrest of a member of the terror cell in the western town of Boukaroun uncovered the plot to mount sea attacks and transport weapons and explosives to Islamists in the Kabylie region.

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wounded 18 others traveling in a convoy in the Boumerdes region, a known Islamist stronghold 35 miles east of Algiers. Police are blaming al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb for the attack, which is one of the deadliest this year.

Three Islamist fighters were killed and one captured by the Algerian military in northeastern Algeria. The Islamists were ambushed and killed in Jijel province. Jijel province borders the Kabylia region, which has been the stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Islamist fringe groups.

The Algerian military has reported that it has surrounded a number of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leaders at Zekri, in the province of Bejaia. One of those thought to be surrounded is the leader of AQIM, Abu Mosaâb Abelouadoud, aka Abdelmalek Droukdal. The NPA is giving Droukdal and the others one last chance to surrender before the army assaults their position.

As part of the new strategy against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the army chiefs of staff of Sahel-Saharan nations have agreed to triple their joint troop levels to 75,000 security officers and soldiers at a joint military headquarters in Tamanrasset, Algeria, by 2012. They will also look to strengthen the air forces of Mali, Mauritania, Chad, and Niger.

The Algerian army has reportedly surrounded Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir Abdelmalek Droukdel in Bordj Bou Arreridj, a province of the Kabylie region. This is the third attempt by Algerian forces to capture or kill the infamous terrorist leader. The attempted ambush is part of anti-terror operations being conducted nationwide in an effort to eliminate the remaining elements of AQIM in Algeria.

An 83-year-old entrepreneur kidnapped on March 23 has been released unharmed by Islamist fighters in Ait Koufi in the Kabylie region after residents refused to pay his ransom and called a general strike against the kidnappers. Traditionally an Islamist stronghold, residents have staged an unprecedented condemnation of the Islamist activities in an effort to get the elderly man's captors to release him unharmed.

Algeria is hosting a meeting of seven Maghreb countries in Algiers with the aim to "implement a collective strategy" in halting Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's illicit activities in the Sahara and Sahel. Additionally, they want to share information in the fight against transnational drug cartels that transport drugs through their countries. Due to a long-running feud over the Western Sahara, Morocco has not been invited. Meanwhile, Algeria has launched a military offfensive against AQIM.

Islamists killed seven security contractors and one soldier during an ambush in Kabylie, near Bejaia. The security guards were killed when their vehicle came under fire, and a remotely detonated bomb killed one soldier and wounded two others investigating the attack. The security guards are contracted by Sonelgaz.

The Israeli man reported to be kidnapped by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is a Mossad agent named Alberto and is currently in police custody. The agent was spying in Hassi Messaoud, and had been aided by four Egyptian executives at Orascom Construction. He was carrying a forged Spanish passport at the time of his capture.

Algerian security forces are on a manhunt for an Israeli national thought to have been kidnapped by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb after being captured by armed Salafists and then sold to the terrorist group. The Israeli was heading to Hassi Messaoud, home to much of Algeria's oil infrastructure. He apparently made contact with his family.

Algerian security forces have dismantled a terrorist cell that provided logistical support to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's El Ansar Brigade in Bordj Menaïel and that also provided information about the authorities' movements in the region. El Ansar Brigade's former emir and nine other fighters were sentenced in absentia to life in prison by a Boumerdes court. Maghreb nations have met in Algeria to forge a unified strategy in tackling AQIM.

Algerian security forces have killed three Islamist fighters and arrested three others in separate operations in northern Algeria. Two Islamists were killed and one was arrested when security forces ambushed them in the Azeffoun district, Tizi Ouzou province. Another Islamist was killed and two more were arrested in sweeps by security forces in Dellys, Boumerdes province.

Four al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters and one soldier were killed during a clash in Tipaza province. Security forces detained eight suspected terrorists during a raid in M'sila province.

Seven suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters were killed during clashes with security forces in the Djefia region. The fighters were killed in the town of Charek while security forces conducted anti-terror operations. More than of 50 Islamist fighters have been reported killed since December 2009.

Security forces have reportedly surrounded Yahya Djouadi, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's leader in the Sahel and Sahara regions, along with two deputies and three fighters in the El Marra region. Police and Army forces moved against Djouadi, who is also known as Yahya Abu Ammar, after receiving intelligence on his location.

The US released two Algerians, Hasan Zemiri and Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, from the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba and returned them to Algeria. "The United States coordinated with the government of Algeria to ensure the transfers took place under appropriate security measures," a Justice Department statement said.

Unidentified Islamists have killed the Algerian military commander of Bajaia district in Bejaia province and an army colonel at Allaghane, 250km east of Algiers. Two Islamists were killed the night before when authorities ambushed their vehicle at Boudjelil. Two Islamists escaped the ambush.

Ten Islamic fighters have been killed by Algerian security forces after a tip-off led to the authorities intercepting their vehicles in a rural region near the village of Slim. A "large quantity" of weapons was seized from the vehicles. Security officials state that 30 Islamists have been killed over the last month.

An engineer working for the Canadian corporation SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. was kidnapped by five armed gunmen on the way to work. The abducted engineer was forced into the car of the gunmen in Djebahia, 150km from Algiers. The engineer was working on a water treatment plant. Police are negotiating for the employee™s release.