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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed credit for the Aug. 19 suicide bombings in the Algerian town of Bouira. Salah Abu Mohammad, a spokesman for the terror group released an audiotape. The attacks killed 11 and wounded 42.
A suicide bomber killed eight Algerians and wounded eight more during an attack on a police station in Zemmouri. In a statement released on the Internet, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the two recent suicide attacks in Lakhdaria and Tizi Ouzou.
A suicide bomber wounded 25 Algerians, including four policemen, in an attack in the town of Tizi Ouzou. The bomber attacked a police station. Al Qaeda is beginning to deploy female suicide bombers in North Africa.
The US Department of the Treasury designated four leaders of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb as Specially Designated Global Terrorists for their links to Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the Taliban. The head of the information committee, the South Zone commander, the finance chief, and a deputy battalion commander operating in Mali were designated as terrorists.
Security forces killed a "top leader" in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb know as al Tuhami. A specialized counterterrorism platoon staged an ambush against Tuhami and two other supporters in a town east of Algiers.
Twelve people are reported to have been killed in twin bombings at a train station in the town of Beni Amrane in Boumerdes. The first bomb killed a French engineer and his driver; the second killed 10 Algerians as they arrived at the scene to evacuate the wounded in the first blast.
A bomb attack blamed on Islamist terrorists killed six Algerian soldiers and wounded four in Cap Djinet, east of Algiers. The soldiers were returning to barracks on Thursday after a fishing expedition in the seaside town, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Algiers, when their vehicle struck a bomb buried in the road. The attack follows Wednesday's twin bomb blasts east of Algiers that killed at least two people and injured five policemen.
A suicide bomber wounded five Algerians in an attack outside a police barracks on the outskirts of Algiers. Another Algerian was wounded in a bombing in front of a shop in the same area. The Kabylie region east of Algiers remains an al Qaeda haven.
An Algerian court has sentenced Amari Saifi, also known as Abderrezak el Para, to death. El Para planned and led the 2003 kidnapping of European tourists in the Algerian Sahara. He was designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States. He was eventually captured by Chadian rebels and turned over to the Algerian government.
Algerian soldiers arrested a group of 15 people suspected of joining a local al Qaeda cell in Blida province. The French Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories visited Algeria to help strengthen security relations between the two countries.
Algerian security forces killed 14 members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb during operations in El Oued and Boumerdes provinces. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the former leader of the group's southern branch, is said to be negotiating the terms of his surrender.
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the former leader of al Qaeda in the Ismalic Maghreb's southern faction, is reported to be in the custody of security services. Two members of al Qaeda were arrested as they were meeting with women known to be linked to prostitution.
The deadline for the release of two Austrian hostages held captive by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has expired. A new Internet statement posted in the name of al Qaeda demanded the release of two Islamists detained in Austria and the withdrawal of Austrian troops from Afghanistan in return for the lives of two Austrian hostages. The two Islamists are thought to be terror suspects who were jailed in Vienna on March 10 for distributing a video threatening attacks in Austria and Germany.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is believed to be moving the two Austrian hostages between northern Mali and southern Algeria. One policeman was killed in an ambush in Tizi Ouzou. Five Algerians were wounded in an bombing in Boumerdès.
Algerian security forces prevented a suicide attack in Oran after shooting a bomber outside of a state-run building. The Algerian Army reportedly stopped al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb from establishing a base on the border with Morocco. Security forces foiled an assassination plot against Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem after arresting an al Qaeda operative several months ago,
Austria has denied sending the elite Cobra counterterrorist unit to Mali to help locate and rescue two Austrian nationals kidnapped by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb along the Algeria-Tunisia border more than a month ago. Al Qaeda kidnappers have extended their deadline for negotiations over the Austrian hostages until April 6. The two hostages are reportedly in good health.
A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is mediating over two Austrians held by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and is hopeful they will be freed soon. Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer has also reportedly called Gaddafi himself to help in the affair. A meeting between the kidnappers and the negotiators had taken place in Bou Djeheba, north of Timbuktu, in Mali.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attacked members of a moderate group opposed to the terrorist organization, killing two men will they prayed in a mosque. The deadline for the kidnapped hostages has been extended one week while negotiations ensue. Libya has made contact with the kidnappers.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is now demanding five million euros ($7.9 million) for the release of two Austrians they kidnapped last February. Austria has now appealed to Libya to help free its two seized nationals. Algeria closed two Christian churches in the southern city of Tizi Ouzou for allegedly engaging in "illegal activities."
Islamic insurgents attacked an Algerian military convoy in Jijel east of Algiers leaving at least one soldier dead. The deadline for the fate of the kidnapped Austrian nationals has been extended after Austrian government officials made contact with the al Qaeda-linked kidnappers. In exchange for the Austrians, the kidnappers are demanding the release of five al Qaeda members including Amar Saifi, known as El Para or the Paratrooper, a leading figure in the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).