Algeria police arrest 30 people, including separatists, linked to deadly forest fires

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Police in Algeria said authorities have arrested 30 people, including seven members of a separatist group designated as a terrorist organization by the government, for their involvement in the setting of forest fires that killed at least 65 people.

The police added in a statement that the detainees were placed in detention after they were brought before a court following investigations related to the forest fires that last month in several governorates.

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The authorities blamed the fires on the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylie (MAK) group, which seeks independence of the Berber-speaking Kabylie region and accused Morocco with supporting the group.

Algeria cited the group among the reasons that prompted it to cut off diplomatic relations with Morocco late last month.

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