Algeria's Most-Wanted Militant Taken Into Custody

One of North Africa’s most wanted Islamic militant leaders, accused in the kidnapping of 32 European tourists last year, has been taken into custody in Algeria, authorities said on Thursday. “Amar Saifi was intercepted in Libya near the Chadian-Libyan border. He is wanted in Algeria for numerous terrorist crimes which he has committed or commanded since 1992,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Saifi — identified by authorities as the second-in-command of the al Qaeda-aligned Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) — was first captured by Chadian rebels in northern Chad in March after fleeing neighboring countries. Full Story

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