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Security forces arrested an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader and two fighters in Berriane. Necib Tayeb, the AQIM leader, is said to be a longtime official and currently serves on the judicial shura.




Security forces arrested two suspected al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operatives at the Libyan border. The fighters, a Libyan and an Algerian, were carrying weapons and an "explosive belt" and had Afghan identity papers.




Security forces said they broke up a plot to attack the Cherchell Joint Military Academy. Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect who said he was tasked by Houmat Al Daawa, a Salafist group, to scout for a suicide attack.




Spain evacuated foreign aid workers from refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria due to "growing insecurity" caused by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali. Twelve Spaniards, two Frenchmen, and an Italian are being flown to Madrid.




The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa has freed two Spanish and an Italian hostage. The three aid workers were kidnapped in Tindouf, Algeria in October 2011. A man who was arrested in connection with the kidnapping was freed by the Algerian government.




The interior minister said that the military has killed 18 al Qaeda fighters in Tizi Ouzou province in the Kabylia region over the past two weeks. The minister said terror cells in the mountainous region are supported by local residents.




Algerian military forces engaged in a firefight with al Qaeda fighters in the Kabylia region, killing 12 militants and seizing weapons including rockets. The militants are believed to have carried out a recent attack on police barracks in Ouacifs.




Armed men killed two policemen and wounded three civilians in an attack on police barracks in Ouacifs. The town is near Tizi Ouzou, where al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is known to operate.




Security forces intercepted a Jeep near the Libyan border that was carrying five suspected members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, along with weapons including antitank missiles and submachine guns. In the ensuing gunbattle, three militants were killed, two were captured, and documents belonging to AQIM leadership were confiscated.




An Algerian Islamist leader threatened a Tunisian-type revolt. The threat came after parliamentary elections in which opposition parties claimed widespread fraud by the government.




The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, an al Qaeda splinter group, claimed credit for a suicide attack against gendarmes in Tamanrasset that wounded 22 people. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa was established in December 2011 to conduct attacks in West Africa.




Four civilians were killed and 10 more were wounded, some critically, in an IED attack on a road outside of Algiers. Security forces seized a large weapons cache near In Amenas which included "shoulder fired missiles" thought to have been smuggled from Lybia.




Algeria has begun the trial of Mukhtar Belmukhtar, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's leader in southern Algeria. Belmukhtar and four other AQIM fighters are being tried in absentia for acts of terrorism. Five other AQIM fighters on trial are in custody.




Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters kidnapped the governor of Illizi in the southeastern region of Algeria near the Libyan border. The AQIM fighters are thought to have taken the governor across the border into Libya.




Military officials claimed they have killed a top Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader. Mohand Ouramdane and his second in command were reportedly killed in an ambush by Algerian troops in the town of Azib Ahmed, about 3 km east of Tizi Ouzou. An Algerian court sentenced in absentia Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most radical AQIM leaders, to life in prison for creating "an international terror group."




Security forces killed six "armed men" and detained 12 more during an operation in Tebessa in southern Algeria. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has strongholds in the area.




Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb kidnapped three aid workers, two Spaniards and an Italian, from a refugee camp near Tindouf. One of the Spanish hostages was wounded during the kidnapping.




Algerian security forces reportedly killed Adel Bourai, who served as the "treasurer" for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Bourai was killed along with six other AQIM fighters during an operation in the Kabylia mountains near Boumerdes.




The US State Department warned of an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb plot to shoot down airliners chartered by oil companies in the country. AQIM is believe to be in possession of Russian-made SAM-7 anti-aircraft missiles.




Eight people, including including 16 soldiers, were killed in a suicide attack on a military academy in the town of Cherchell. AQIM is thought to have carried out the attack.