Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Algerian security forces have clashed with an Al Qaeda-linked GSPC group outside the village of Aïn El-Hammam yesterday, some 50 kilometers from Tizi Ouzou. Algerian newspaper Liberté reports on it (link in French) and says that in the encounter and ensuing gun fight which lasted for some fifteen hours, security forces killed one terrorist and captured another, while three more escaped. At the time of the report, a big anti-terror operation was said to be underway in the region of Tizi Ouzou, with government forces putting up checkpoints along the highways.

There is an army base some ten kilometers from where it happened. Even though a lot of stories are circulating about the demise of the GSPC, I just never get the impression that this is a group on the run.