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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Algeria Defeats AQIM in Battle in Tebessa

Six foreign fighters, including three Tunisians, two Libyans and a Moroccan were found dead among 30 terrorists killed in clashes with the Algerian army in Tébessa province, Liberte reported on Tuesday (August 7th).

The security operation in the area started last Wednesday. The foreign fighters were officially identified by Algerian security services in collaboration with the services of the other Maghreb countries, where they had been wanted for several years for belonging to an international terrorist organisation.

The paper quotes security sources as saying that some 70 terrorists are active in the area, including fifteen foreigners who are mostly Tunisians.

In related news, police in Bashar have dismantled a seven-person terrorist group suspected of plotting a suicide car bomb attack against a military barracks near the border with Morocco, El Khabar reported on Monday.

Ash-Sharq al-Awsat put the number of arrested terrorists to 10 and quoted an Algerian intelligence source as saying that the group's movements had been followed for some time and that all of them belong to al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb.

Weapons, CDs and fatwa recordings from the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat were confiscated in the homes of the arrested.

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