The Islamic State claims its men killed eight Algerian soldiers during a counterterrorism raid. Despite declaring a “province” in Algeria in Nov. 2014, the group rarely claims operations in the country. And its latest claim hasn’t been verified.
Moezeddine Garsallaoui, a Swiss citizen, led the al Qaeda-linked group, and trained Mohamed Merah, the Toulouse shooter who killed seven people. He appears to have been killed in a drone strike.
Newly released intelligence files on Mohamed Merah indicate he had been identified as a dangerous Islamist for well over a year before he killed seven people. And an audiotape suggests he trained for jihad in Pakistan and was working for al Qaeda in France.
But a popular web forum removed the statement within an hour after posting.
The four fighters were said to be from Turkmenistan. No senior leaders had been reported killed.
The Soldiers of the Caliphate are attempting to capitalize on last weekend’s clash between government forces and striking oil workers.
The terror group also said it is “ready to be killed in the thousands” and threatened Russia.
Five “terrorists” and two policemen were killed during a clash in the southern Central Asian nation.