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The military killed three suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members in a shootout. The military ambush occurred between Skikda and Jijel, which lies 400 km east of Algiers. The ambush was an area that has become a transit zone and refuge for many AQIM fighters.

An explosion followed by gunfire directed at a police post at a crowded beach in Tigzirt near Tizi Ouzou in northeast Algeria has left one police officer dead and two more wounded. The explosion partially destroyed the police post. Muslim fundamentalists linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are suspected of staging the attack.

Three suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters were killed after their vehicles were intercepted by Algerian soldiers who were acting on a tip. The fighters were killed in the Bordj Bou Arreridj region, which lies 200 kilometers southeast of Algiers and is often exploited as a transit zone by AQIM.

Five members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb surrendered to authorities in Batna in northeastern Algeria. The surrender of the five AQIM members is associated with an amnesty offer given to terrorists who renounce violence and desire to reintegrate into civilian life. The amnesty was encouraged by former GSPC leader Hassan Hattab.

Algerian soldiers killed at least three Islamists during military sweeps in the woods outside Bejaia in northeastern Algeria. The Algerian soldiers were acting on a tip that Islamists were active in the area. The Kabylie region has largely avoided the Islamist insurgency in the last decade.

Eight Islamists were killed in the highland region of Batna in northeast Algeria during military sweeps. Last week, fourteen Islamists were killed in the same region by the Algerian military; the operation resulted in the discovery and destruction of a large stockpile of weapons.

Eighteen suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters were killed in military operations in eastern Algeria in response to an AQIM attack that wounded 4 security officers. Authorities destroyed stockpiles of weapons that were discovered during the operations. More than 6,000 soldiers have been deployed in anti-AQIM operations in the region.

At least 14 Algerian soldiers were killed and 20 injured by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members when their convoy was ambushed in Tipaza province, in northwestern Algeria. Attacks in west Algeria are rare. The attack may have been retaliation for the recent killing of 16 AQIM fighters in Algeria's anti-terror campaign.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has killed three members of Algeria™s security forces in two separate incidents. Two security force members were ambushed in the Mascara region in northwestern Algeria on Sunday, while another was killed by a roadside bomb when his convoy passed near the city of Jijel, in northeastern Algeria.

Algerian security forces ambushed and killed 5 suspected Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members in the northeastern Tiz Ouzou region, 100 kilometers from Algiers. The security forces were told on a tip that AQIM members were operating in the forest highlands of Sid Ali Bounab.

Anti-terrorist police detained nine members of the al Qaeda's al Fateh Brigade in an Algiers suburb. The cell members, which included several women, were gathering intelligence on the movement of security officials and passing the information along to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters killed 21 policemen in a complex ambush in the town of Bordj Bou Arreridj. The policemen were escorting Chinese engineers when the convoy was hit with an roadside bomb attack and then targeted with gunfire. The terrorists stole the policemen's weapons and uniforms after the ambush.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters ambushed a convoy of teachers in Timezrit. An IED was followed by gunfire; two teachers and eight policemen were killed in the attack. An Algerian extradited from Britain has fled to the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and is thought to have rejoined al Qaeda.

A 30-man unit of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters killed nine Algerian soldiers in an ambush in Biskra province. One al Qaeda fighter was also killed during the fighting.

A major offensive against al Qaeda in the Sahel region has been postponed. Amari Saifi, a former senior leader in the now-defunct Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat who is better known as Abderazak El Para, urged members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to end the fighting.

Algeria, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania are planning to launch a major operation against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel region. Algeria has strengthened military ties with Mali and has started shipping supplies for the military.

Security forces arrested 35 members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who come from Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, and Mali. Al Qaeda warned Algerians against re-electing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and described him as a "ferocious enemy."

A suicide bomber targeted a police barracks in the town of Tizi Ouzou, a stronghold of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. A security guard and a civilian were killed and eight more were wounded in the attack.

Security forces killed 16 al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb during a weekend raid on an enemy base in the town of Bilda, about 50 miles south of the capital of Algiers. The raid was launched based on intelligence information gathered from a cell that was disrupted earlier last week.

Leaders of Arab nomads and Touareg tribes in northern Mali and Niger have called on al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader to release the 6 Western hostages immediately, without ransom, and threatened to declare war if the hostages are not released. The terror group's spokesman reportedly wants to take an amnesty offer. The interior minister said an estimated 120 terrorists have been killed since September 2008.