Algerian soldiers destroy kidnap camp

2014-10-10 17:21
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Algiers - Four gunmen were killed after the Algerian army raided the suspected hideout of the kidnappers of Herve Gourdel, the French tourist beheaded by jihadists last month, the defence ministry said on Friday.

The army killed three suspected terrorists in an operation in the area of Bouria, 120km east of Algiers, it said.

The defence ministry said during the "ongoing" operation the soldiers had retrieved two Kalashnikovs and a semi-automatic rifle.

In a separate raid in the Tiaret region, 340km southwest of Algiers, "an army detachment on Thursday killed a terrorist and arrested another".

The ministry said two Kalashnikovs were seized, as well as ammunition and mobile phones.

The army announced on Thursday that "the camp that served as the hideout for the terrorist group that carried out the execution (of Gourdel) was destroyed" in a "large operation" in the Djurdjura mountains, 150km southeast of Algiers.

Gourdel was kidnapped on 21 September by Jund al-Khilifa, or "Soldiers of the Caliphate," an outfit which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The 55-year-old mountain guide was later beheaded.

Close to 80 Islamist militants have been killed since the start of 2014 in Algeria, according to the army.

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