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Algeria thwarts ‘terrorist’ infiltration from Mali

At least 10 armed terrorists were killed the operation carried by the Algerian army on the border with Mali

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Algeria said on Wednesday it has thwarted an attempt by a heavily-armed “group of terrorists” to infiltrate its southern border with Mali, the state news agency APS reported.

The agency quoted the defense ministry as saying “the number of terrorists eliminated in the anti-terrorist operation launched since Monday afternoon by a detachment of the joint forces of People’s National Army near Tinzaouatine in Tamanrasset rose to 10.”

The agency said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika urged “utmost vigilance” and support for the “heroic commitment” of the armed forces to face terrorism.

The ailing president who recently won a third term in office told the council of ministers that “this new foreign attack should be everyone’s concern to show the utmost vigilance and support the heroic commitment of the People’s National Army and the security forces to face this despicable terrorism.”