Algerian army kills al-Qaeda leader

Samir Moussaab killed during clashes with army patrol 50km east of Algiers.

    The recently named al-Qaeda group in Algeria claimed responsibility for twin bombings in Algiers  [Reuters] 

    The group, which changed its name from the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) earlier this year, claimed responsibility for twin bombings in the capital Algiers that killed 33 people on April 11.

       

    The GSPC began as an offshoot of another group that was waging an armed revolt against the government to establish an Islamic state.

       

    The rebellion began in 1992 after the then military-backed authorities scrapped a parliamentary election an Islamic political party was set to win. Up to 200,000 people were killed in the ensuing bloodshed.

       

    Residents said the Algiers attacks this month were the country's first suicide bombings and heightened fears the north African oil exporting country was slipping back into violence.

       

    The GSPC said it was behind an attack in December near Algiers that killed an Algerian and wounded nine people including four Britons and an American.

       

    It also claimed responsibility for an attack on March 3 on a bus carrying workers for a Russian gas pipeline construction firm that killed three Algerians and a Russian.

       

    Government forces have stepped up assaults on the group's strongholds in the Kabylie region east of Algiers, hoping to wipe out what remains of it after an amnesty for Islamic fighters expired.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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