Algeria: more clashes with al-Qaeda

Algerian troops killed 13 Islamist fighters east of Algiers May 14, local media reported. Special forces backed by helicopters killed 11 militants said to belong to the “al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb” in an offensive on rebel hideouts in Tebessa province. In a separate operation, the army killed two Islamist rebels in Boumerdes. The attack in Tebessa near the border with Tunisia was launched after security forces received word that 20 rebels were preparing to transport large quantities of arms to Boumerdes and the neighboring province of Tizi Ouzou, also the scene of recent clashes. (Reuters, May 15)

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