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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.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed nine security guards and wounded two in a military assault on a camp that guarded a state-owned gas and electricity distributor in Jijel. A "horde" of fighters attacked the camp after launching one or more mortars.
Eight soldiers were killed in two separate attacks: five were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Stah Aftis near the border town of Tebessa, and three were killed during a shootout in Bordj Menail in Boumerdes.
Algerian security forces killed Mourad Bouzid, a senior al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader, during a raid on his hideout in the town of Issers. Bouzid, who was also known as Ami Slimane, served as a senior recruiter and ideological figure in the terror group. He was fingered by another terrorist who surrendered last month under an amnesty offer.
Seven people were killed in serial bombings in the district of Foum El Metlag. The first roadside bomb killed four members of a family. The second bombing targeted the emergency workers; three people, including a fireman and two policemen, were killed.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb issued a scathing statement on the case of the US CIA station chief who is accused of drugging and then raping Algerian women. "Is this scandal not an evidence that Bouteflika and his government is no different from his ... other brothers the traitor (Muslim) presidents?" the statement said. "Which extent do you (our nation) wish to see crime and fraud by this apostate ruling group reach before all would shout 'enough' in one voice?"
A senior commander in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb surrendered in the Tizi Ouzou region. Abu Touati, also known as Abu Tamime, surrendered after former GSPC leader Hassan Hattab appealed to jihadis to lay down their arms and end the fighting.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members slit the throat of a customs official in near Ain Defla west of Algiers. The official was stopped by a group of 10 terrorists who set up a fake checkpoint. An Algerian was one of six detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
The government said 185 al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members, including emirs and foreign fighters, have been killed in 2008. There have been no suicide attacks since August. Security forces killed three terrorists in southern Algeria.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb threatened to strike western targets in Algeria and North Africa in its latest videotape. The group cited Western encroachment and "the government's policy of starving its citizens." Islamist terrorists kidnapped and then assassinated the mayor of the northern Algerian town of Timezrit.
The leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb dismissed its chief Islamic scholar, Rashid Zerami, for opposing suicide bombings in Algeria. An Army major was killed in a bombing in M™sila; the bomb was hidden under the dead body of a man kidnapped by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.