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Militant Slain in Algeria; Ties to Qaeda Are Reported

The Algerian Army has killed the leader of North Africa’s largest and most dangerous Islamic terrorist organization in a gun battle east of the Algerian capital, Algiers, according to the country’s official news agency, culminating an intense government drive against Al Qaeda’s affiliates in the region. The death of Nabil Sahraoui, the leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, follows earlier reports that the group’s founder, Hassan Hattab, is dead and comes during an Algerian operation to try to take custody of another of the group’s leaders, Amari Saifi, from a Chadian rebel group in the Sahara. The group’s leadership has been “completely neutralized” in a “vast antiterrorist operation,” an Algerian military officer was quoted as saying by the APS news agency. Full Story

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